2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
    Oct 18, 2021  
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Education

  
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    SED 228 - Children’s Spirituality

    1 Credit(s)

    Students will explore current definitions of children’s spirituality, examine theological foundations of children’s spirituality; and discuss current theories on children’s spiritual development. The course will also analyze emerging research focusing on children’s spirituality and introducing mindfulness for young children and educators. Most importantly, students will explore a variety of ways to nurture spiritual development and spiritual intelligence in the classroom with recommended various approaches to the use of spirituality with young children in the classroom and home with families.    Spring semester, odd numbered years.

  
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    SED 229 - Brain Based for the Classroom (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Brain research has yielded a great deal of information about how students learn best.  This course will explore this research and how it impacts the classroom.  The course will examine the five senses, memory, gender, sleep, exercise, and many more factors that effect learning.  Students will develop brain-friendly lessons and adapt classroom activities to maximize student learning.   Spring semester, even numbered years.

  
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    SED 235 - Art, Music, and Movement (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Creative drama and the value of play in early childhood education by enhancing artistic sensitivity through art and music, developing self-awareness, and integrating mental and physical activity are examined. Fall and spring semesters, J-Term. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fee.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 202 .
  
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    SED 240 - Parent and Family Conferencing (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The effect of a child on a family is investigated. Students acquire knowledge and skills in involving parents in the educational development of programs for their children. The course is designed to develop effective techniques for conferencing, problem-solving, and establishing good working relationships with (para-)professionals and with parents/family members of children and the involvement of community resources. Fall and spring semesters. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Writing Intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 205 .
  
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    SED 262 - Child Care Administration (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The course examines studies of and experiences in the planning and administration of developmentally appropriate early care and education programs. Topics covered include developing leadership and communication skills for effectively administering and supervising an early care program, creating policies and procedures, explaining legal issues which impact programs, interviewing and hiring new personnel, conducting professional development for staff and families, managing change, grant writing, and planning and evaluating fiscal responsibilities. Spring semester. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification form) required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 202  and SED 206 .
  
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    SED 300 - Practicum: Pre K to Grade 4 (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This is a field experience for those pursuing Pre-K to Grade 4 certification. Students work in area school classrooms one day per week per term. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Pass/Fail only.

    Corequisite(s): SED 335  and SED 432 .
  
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    SED 301 - Practicum: Secondary (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This is a field experience for those pursuing secondary certification. Students work in area school classrooms one day per week per term. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Pass/Fail only.

    Corequisite(s): SED 335  and SED 432 .
  
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    SED 302 - Practicum: Reading (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    Practicum students are placed in a classroom setting for one or more hours per week (15 hours total) to observe reading being taught. The students in this field experience interact with children who are learning to read and record observations on pupil behaviors, needs, and methods of teacher responses and instruction based on Pennsylvania Core Standards. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. Tubercular check, FBI criminal, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal Record History, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Fee. Pass/Fail only.

  
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    SED 304 - Practicum: Secondary Methods (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This is a companion course for all secondary methods courses. In this early field experience, pre-service students work with secondary content specialist teachers in area schools for one day per week per term. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Fee. Pass/Fail only.

    Corequisite(s): SED 222 SED 314 , SED 319 SED 320 , or SED 323 .
  
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    SED 305 - Practicum: Multiculturalism (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    Students observe, tutor, and co-teach in a diverse environment. Fall and spring semesters, J-term and M-term travel abroad. Repeatable for credit. This course is required for candidates in all certification areas. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required or permission of instructor. Fee. Pass/Fail only. A pre-service 15 hour practicum experience for students in districts that have a diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically) student body.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201  or SED 202 .
  
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    SED 312 - Language Development (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Explores the development of language and literacy in the pre-K child. Comparison of theoretical aspects of language and literacy to practical school-based situations. Development of spoken language emphasized: syntactic, morphological, phonological, semantic, and pragmatic components of language. Authentic assessment of language development, strategies for teaching vocabulary to young students, learning ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse students, and supporting the oral language development of all students are addressed. Spring semester. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 202  and SED 206 .
  
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    SED 314 - Methods Teaching Foreign Language (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Study and practice of the methods of teaching foreign languages in elementary, middle, and high schools. Includes historical and philosophical theories of second language acquisition. Emphasis is on the development of a variety of approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Pennsylvania Core Standards. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
    Corequisite(s): SED 304 .
  
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    SED 319 - Science in Secondary Education (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Current methods of teaching biology and chemistry at the secondary level, including the study of curricula, instructional materials, instructional settings, and means of evaluation within the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
    Corequisite(s): SED 304 .
  
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    SED 320 - Mathematics in Secondary Education (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Current methods of teaching mathematics at the secondary level based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Investigation of materials, processes, instructional techniques, and approaches to classroom management. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Required for mathematics certification candidates. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
    Corequisite(s): SED 304 .
  
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    SED 321 - Mathematics (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    For the teacher of elementary math, this course focuses on the investigation of current issues, curriculum models and approaches, assessment and instructional practices, professional organizations, and literature for teaching mathematics to meet the needs of diverse elementary learners including students with high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is on approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Pennsylvania Core Standards. Fall semester. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Pre/Corequisite(s): SED 202  and SMA 100 .
  
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    SED 323 - Social Studies in Secondary Ed (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Lesson planning for the teaching of citizenship education, based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards, is stressed in this class. Instructional techniques for the teaching of history, geography, civics, and economics to diverse learners receive major focus. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
    Corequisite(s): SED 304 .
  
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    SED 325 - Learning to Read (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course focuses on the examination and application of current research-based strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to young children. Emphasis is on selecting, implementing, and adapting effective instructional strategies, curriculum resources, and technologies to meet the needs of diverse learners including students with learning disabilities. Communicating effectively with parents/guardians, lesson planning, development of instructional materials, children’s literature, and assessment based on national and Pennsylvania Core Standards are emphasized. Fall semester. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 202 .
  
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    SED 327 - Reading in Secondary Content Area (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course prepares students to adapt secondary content area reading course materials to accommodate students with diverse disabilities and learning difficulties in order to facilitate their learning of the content area curriculum based on Pennsylvania Core Standards. Application of current methods and materials for assisting these students as they read, study, and learn in the secondary school content area are presented. Fall semester. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
  
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    SED 328 - Reading to Learn (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Learning to read, reading to learn, and reading assessment; comprehension strategies; reading instruction; and integration of computer technology are addressed. Methods and materials needed to promote reading achievement in content subjects by the early childhood classroom teacher based on Pennsylvania Core Standards are presented. Spring semester. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 202 .
  
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    SED 334 - Meth. of Teaching Bus.,Comp, & I.T. (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students study methods of instruction, skill-building techniques, selection and preparation of instructional materials, standards of achievement, and the evaluation and measurement of student progress in business, computers, and information technology. Students construct and present teaching units, enrichment materials, and lesson plans for effective teaching. Provisions are made for observation and participation in demonstrative teaching. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 201 .
    Corequisite(s): SED 304 .
  
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    SED 335 - Assessment (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Fall and spring semesters. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 205 .
  
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    SED 340 - Classroom Management (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Techniques and strategies for managing student behavior in the classroom. Special emphasis on the techniques and strategies most effective with students who are behaviorally disordered. Effective parent conferencing techniques are emphasized. Fall and spring semesters. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 205 .
  
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    SED 355 - Constructing the IEP (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This course is designed to expand a student’s knowledge of the theory, process, and practice related to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is required for students in special education.  Students will examine IEP writing through the lens of a collaborative process that focuses on the needs of the individual student. Spring semester. On-line asynchronous and synchronous components.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 205  , SED 208  , and SED 209  
  
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    SED 410 - Independent Study (Education)

    Variable Credit(s)

    Repeatable for credit. Permission required.

  
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    SED 420 - Field Work (Education)

    Variable Credit(s)

    Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Fee.

  
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    SED 430 - Internship (Education)

    Variable Credit(s)

    Repeatable for credit. Permission required.

  
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    SED 432 - Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    The purpose of this course, which pairs fieldwork with independent study, is to assist students in the transition from being a full-time college student to becoming a full-time student teacher. Throughout this experience, which bridges the gap between theory and practice, students will have opportunities not only to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired from content-area and methods courses, but also to reflect on the dispositions that they have developed toward teaching throughout the teaching certification program. Transportation is students’ responsibility. Fall and spring semesters, J-term. Field experience with clearances required. Permission required.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 301  Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment.
    Corequisite(s): SED 335 , and SED 300   or SED 301  .
  
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    SED 433 - Student Teaching (Education)

    6 Credit(s)

    This course is a seven-week student teaching experience. (See SED 434  for full description.) This course is for those seeking dual certification only. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Permission required. Fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED 201  or SED 202 , and SED 432 ; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty.
    Corequisite(s): SED 435  for all; SED 436  is also a co-requisite for PreK-4 majors.
  
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    SED 434 - Student Teaching (Education)

    12 Credit(s)

    This is a 14-week student teaching experience for students who are earning a single area of certification. Students are expected to plan and employ lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Transportation is the student’s responsibility. Students are assigned to schools within a 20-mile radius of the University. Fall and spring semesters. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Permission required. Fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED 201  or SED 202 , and SED 432 ; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty.
    Corequisite(s): SED 435  for all; SED 436  is also a corequisite for PreK-4 majors.
  
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    SED 435 - Student Teaching Seminar (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED 433  or SED 434 . The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED 201  or SED 202 , and SED 432 ; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty.
    Corequisite(s): SED 433  or SED 434 .
  
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    SED 436 - Sr Synthesis in Erly Child & Sp Ed (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This capstone course integrates theory, research, and practice in education (PreK to Grade 4 and Special Education) with the liberal arts knowledge base. Contemporary issues confronting education, best practice research, and inclusive principles of education are reviewed. The student’s e-portfolio, resume, and career plan are completed. Fall and spring semesters. Pass/Fail only.

  
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    SED 437 - Sr Synthesis in Education(Noncert) (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    This capstone course integrates theory, research, and practice in education (General and Special Education, non-certificate majors) with the liberal arts knowledge base. Contemporary issues confronting education, best practice research, and inclusive principles of education are reviewed. The student’s eportfolio, resume, and career plan are completed. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. Pass/Fail only.

  
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    SED 500 - Principles of Curriculum & Instruct (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduction to the basic principles of curriculum and instruction. This course will explore curriculum development theory and practice. Principles of instructional design will be introduced. Planning instruction and an overview of effective evaluation will be included. Strategies for developing effective goals and learning objectives will be utilized in the creation of a comprehensive learning environment. Master’s session 1, 3, and 5. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 560 - Legal Issues & Procedures in Sp Ed (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students examine processes and procedures required in determining eligibility and delivery of special education services as dictated by federal and state law. Topics include screening procedures, assessments (authentic, formative, summative, diagnostic, benchmark), IEP development and evaluation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Response to Intervention (RTI), inclusion issues, disciplinary procedures, and transition-related legislation in fields of special and vocational education. Master’s session 1. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse check, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record check, and PDE -6004 Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form are required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 565 - Interventions: Reading,Writing, Math (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Application of research on teacher effectiveness, intensive intervention instructional practices, and delivery methods for students through grade 12 with mild and severe disabilities is explored. Topics include intervention strategies in reading (all content areas), writing, and math; RTI tiers; self-regulation cognitive strategies; memory; motivation; and UDL. Master’s session 2. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Online in synchronous and asynchronous formats.

  
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    SED 570 - Collaboration & Transitions (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Topics of study include process and procedures for identifying key special education transition points; developing effective techniques for creating a collaborative culture of support among special education professionals, parents, and related service personnel; and determining how that team will ensure that students have the services and support required for safe and successful transitions. Master’s session 3. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 615 - Middle School: Theory & Practice (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course focuses on the philosophy, functions, and curricula of young adolescent education as implemented in grades four through eight with emphasis on the Pennsylvania State Standards. Relationships between pupils’ developmental/cognitive characteristics and school programs in the middle level are investigated. Pedagogical best practices of delivery and assessment, as supported by current research and the National Middle School Association, are analyzed. Fall semester. Field experience in grades 4-8 is required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required.

  
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    SED 620 - Current Trends and Topics (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students will have the opportunity to explore critical issues, trends, and topics in the field of curriculum studies and alternative instruction. The course will discuss conference and meeting planning, grant writing, proposal and technical writing, reflective practices, and the importance of designing significant learning experiences for adult learners. This course will also provide students an appreciation of curriculum studies past and present for the development of new innovative skills surrounding alternative instruction in the workplace. Repeatable for credit. Master’s session 2. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 630 - 21st Century Learning (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course provides a rationale for the need to develop 21st-century skills among our students and workforce. It presents the key 21st-century skills, collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, problem-solving and innovation, information and communications technology (ICT) for learning, skilled communication. It explores what learning looks like in the 21st century and how innovative teaching practices can support student/employee learning to develop these skills. Master’s session 3. Offered online/synchronous components.

  
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    SED 710 - Special Topics in Elementary/Middle (Education)

    1-3 Credit(s)

    Individualized study of selected topics related to elementary/middle education. Repeatable for credit. Permission of program director is required.

  
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    SED 715 - Special Topics in Special Education (Education)

    1-3 Credit(s)

    Individualized study of selected topics related to special education. Repeatable for credit. Permission of program director is required.

  
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    SED 721 - Mathematics in Elem/Middle Level Ed (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course focuses on the investigation of current issues, trends, materials, and research-based strategies for teaching mathematics at the elementary/middle level with inclusive classrooms. Development of a variety of approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Middle School Association, and Pennsylvania Core Standards and assessment anchors are emphasized along with an introduction to professional organizations and literature available to math educators. Summer. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required.

  
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    SED 723 - Science in Elem/Middle Level Ed (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course includes the Pennsylvania Core Standards with advanced study in the trends, materials, and approaches for teaching science/health topics and processes in elementary/middle level education. Participants are engaged actively in science/health experiments/presentations and procedures with emphasis on life, earth, and physical science in the inclusive classroom. Science/health curricula and textbooks are examined. Fall semester. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fee.

  
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    SED 724 - Social Studies Elem/Middle Level Ed (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course analyzes the theoretical discourse in the field of social studies education. Lesson planning for the teaching of social studies, based on Pennsylvania Core Standards, is stressed. Instructional techniques for the teaching of elementary social studies topics such as history, geography, civics, Pennsylvania history, and economics to diverse learners in grades 4-8 receive major focus. The use of curricular materials, technology and related appropriate literature, and children’s literature complete course. Spring semester. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required.

  
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    SED 726 - Adv. Reading & Lang.Arts (4-8) (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course concentrates on the examination and application of current research-based strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to children in grades 4-8 with a focus on national and Pennsylvania Core Standards. This course emphasizes strategies for curricular connections and reading in the content areas to encourage student interest in a variety of literary genres that are developmentally appropriate in an inclusive setting. Professional journals and organizations are explored. Spring semester. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required.

  
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    SED 727 - Adapt Curriculum Diverse Learners (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Examination and application of current methods and materials for making adaptations and accommodations for students as they read, study, and learn in the inclusive classroom. The course investigates differentiated instructional approaches to facilitate learning of the content area curriculum for all students. Master’s session 4. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous components.

  
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    SED 729 - Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusive (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Participants in the course will examine the needs of students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities and participants will utilize inclusive strategies to create positive learning experiences where all learners feel equally respected and have access to learning. Master’s session 1. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 730 - Managing Behavioral Issues (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Theoretical and practical study of individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders. Emphasis on the definition, characteristics, identification, intervention, educational approaches, research, and instructional strategies. Master’s session 5. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 735 - Ed Indv Low Incidence Disabilities (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Instruction of individuals with severe/multiple and/or physical disabilities (low incidence). Topics include collecting and interpreting diagnostic assessment data to design instruction and monitor progress, transitional programs, and current research. Master’s session 2. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 740 - Ed Indv High Incidence Disabilities (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Instruction of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities (high incidence). Topics include collecting and interpreting diagnostic assessment data to design instruction and monitor progress, characteristics of educational approaches, and current research. Master’s session 3. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 760 - Psych of Adult Learning & Behavior (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course will explore adult learning and behavior theories. Students will discuss adult learning theories and learning styles and how to apply them to diverse learning environments. Topics include the process of adult learning and motivation and how to create effective instructional strategies across various workplace educational settings. Master’s session 2. Offered online asynchronous and synchronous components.

  
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    SED 765 - Curriculum Leadership & Coaching (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students will explore standards, principles, practices, personal and organizational behaviors, and leadership approaches to the change process. Students will demonstrate ethical thinking and apply various contemporary theories of effective leadership to their professional practice. Special emphasis will focus on the performance of effective leadership including empowering others, building collaborative organizational cultures, making informed decisions and communicating them skillfully, implementing effective mentoring and coaching skills, and resolving conflicts. Master’s session 4. Offered online/synchronous components.

  
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    SED 836 - Assessment Methods (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course will provide an overview of assessment. Students will explore research theory and practice in the field of assessments. Assessment strategies for students including developing the skills to select, score, and interpret educational assessments will be implemented. Strategies for using assessment data for decision making. Authentic and alternative assessments will be incorporated. Master’s session 4. Offered online/synchronous components.

  
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    SED 841 - Autism: Theory and Practice (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course investigates pertinent issues related to autism spectrum disorders and deals with the nature and dynamics of autism in relation to school, community, and home environments. Topics include definition and symptoms, family and professional relationships, behavior, multi-faceted treatment strategies, and constructive IEP/inclusion goals and objectives. Master’s session 1. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Online asynchronous and synchronous components.

  
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    SED 850 - Seminar in Education of the Gifted (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course investigates selected topics related to gifted individuals. The focus is on: assessment issues, instructional designs, delivery systems, promising practices, state standards and guidelines, and characteristics of individuals who are considered to be gifted. Master’s session 3. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 852 - Foundations of Early Interventions (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The focus is on young children with disabilities in various settings including home, school, Head Start, early care programs, and early intervention programs. Overview of issues facing young children with disabilities, including infants and toddlers, within the context of family/society including early childhood service models, theoretical perspectives, implications of early childhood disabilities role of the early childhood interventionist (ECI) professionals, IEP development, and national and international trends regarding early childhood intervention. Master’s session 6. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 853 - Curriculum/ Intervention Strategies (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course provides an overview regarding the development of a curriculum framework for young children with disabilities and their implementation in a variety of settings, including inclusive early childhood classrooms, home-based programs, and clinical settings. The course also provides specific intervention strategies for creating effective learning ecologies for diverse groups of young children. Master’s session 6. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 854 - Assessment & Evaluation of E I (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course focuses on the assessment and evaluation process for early intervention programs. Assessment instruments, collecting and using data, and the IFSP in early intervention settings are explored. Students demonstrate awareness of ethical and legal requirements, roles of professionals, and implications of culture and diversity in the assessment process. Master’s session 1. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 855 - Early Intervention Practicum (Education)

    1 Credit(s)

    Opportunities for students to intern as an integral part of a transdisciplinary team in an early childhood inclusive setting. Students are given opportunities to teach classroom strategies supporting full inclusion or to partner with a family who has a child with a disability and assist with early intervention services. Fall semester. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component. Fee.

  
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    SED 860 - Instructional & Assistive Tech (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course provides an overview of instructional and assistive technology. Learners investigate assistive technology as it relates to communication, mobility, education, recreation, vocation, independence, and therapy/rehabilitation. Course activities are designed to provide an overview of technology applications with a focus on basic, secondary, and postsecondary educational environments. Master’s session 4. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 861 - Alternative Delivery Models (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The focus of this course will entail the design and delivery of instruction. Activities will include instructional design models and implementation strategies. A variety of instructional delivery methods including online, mobile, hybrid, game-based, simulations, flipped, and e-learning. Master’s session 5. Offered online/synchronous components.

  
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    SED 920 - Research Methods (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research. Emphasis on elements of doing research and using products of research to support and enhance practice. Students will identify the characteristics of well-designed research including an overview of research intent and design methodology and technique. Students will be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research questions, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers. Clearances as needed. Repeatable for credit. Master’s session 6. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 931 - Master’s Research Directed Study (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students design, conduct, and present research projects under the direction of a faculty committee. Fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail only.

    Prerequisite(s): SED 933 .
  
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    SED 933 - Integrated Research Seminar (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course prepares students to examine and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data. Designed to assist students in choosing research topics, reviewing literature, and selecting an appropriate methodology. Each student produces an introduction to a research proposal and a literature review for this proposal. Master’s session 6. Offered online/synchronous component.

  
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    SED 936 - Research-Based Practicum (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students review existing research in special education and complete 40 hours observing and teaching in a special education environment that connects to the research studies. Students plan and implement lessons based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher. Master’s session 5. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Offered online/synchronous component. Fee.

  
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    SED 940 - Practicum (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The special education practicum in area field sites provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in using instructional techniques and curriculum appropriate for a variety of exceptional children. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. By arrangement. Permission required. Fee.

  
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    SED 941 - Middle Level Field Teaching Exper. (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The middle level teaching experience in grades 4-8 provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in using instructional techniques and curriculum for grades 4-8. Students are expected to plan and implement lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Students must hold teacher certification. Offered as needed, by arrangement. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Course requires a minimum of 45 hours in the field under the supervision of a certified teacher. Permission required. Fee.

  
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    SED 942 - Internship (Education)

    3 Credit(s)

    The course focuses on authentic problems and activities that require candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of designing and implementing learning opportunities that make connections to theory and practice. Students will focus on the perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for creating curriculum and/or learning opportunities within an organization during their internship. Master’s session 6. Offered online/synchronous component. Students will complete a 40-hour field internship with related activities during the course. Clearances as needed.


English

  
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    SEL 103 - Composition & Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    A course focused on developing proficiency in writing in English at the college level in which students are actively composing short essays, analyzing rhetorical situations, and critically reading texts. Offered as needed.

  
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    SEL 105 - Composition and Culture Part A (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students develop critical thinking skills in composing, reading, and speaking through an examination of the relationship between culture and literacy, or the ways people use, learn, and value language. SEL105 has focus on critical reading and writing, and SEL106 on the research process. Students must pass SEL105 with a C- or higher in order to enroll in SEL106. SEL105 and SEL106 must be taken in sequence. Fall and spring semesters. Successful completion of both SEL105 and SEL106 satisfies the Writing requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 106 - Composition and Culture Part B (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students develop critical thinking skills in composing, reading, and speaking through an examination of the relationship between culture and literacy, or the ways people use, learn, and value language. SEL 105  has focus on critical reading and writing, and SEL106 on the research process. Students must pass SEL 105  with a C- or higher in order to enroll in SEL106. SEL 105  and SEL106 must be taken in sequence. Fall and spring semesters. Successful completion of both SEL 105  and SEL106 satisfies the Writing requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 105 .
  
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    SEL 107 - Composition and Culture (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students develop critical thinking skills in composing, reading, and speaking through an examination of the relationship between culture and literacy, or the ways people use, learn, and value language. Fall and spring semesters. Passing SEL107 with a C- or higher satisfies the Writing component of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 150 - Introduction to English Studies (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduces the study of English with a focus on foundational skills for college and career. Emphasis on literary forms, close reading, analysis, and the research process. Practice in writing the literary essay and other genres. Discussion of careers for English majors and minors. English majors take this course during their first semester. Fall semester.

  
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    SEL 151 - Topics in Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Offers specialized study of a particular genre, time period, theme, region, author, or other literary/cultural phenomenon. Spring semester. Repeatable for credit. Counts toward the Gender and Women’s Studies minor when the topic is “Feminist Readings.”

  
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    SEL 153 - Introduction to Creative Writing (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduces, through readings and writing exercises, the novel, poetry, drama, screenplays, genre fiction, and creative non-fiction. Spring semester, odd numbered years. Fee. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 155 - Writing Popular Fiction (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduction to the reading and writing of popular fiction. Emphasis on understanding the scope and meaning of the conventions of the major genres: romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, etc. Practice in writing popular fiction. Spring semester.

  
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    SEL 156 - Career Orientation (English)

    1 Credit(s)

    Sophomore-level career workshop for English majors and minors with a focus on setting individualized goals and starting the career journey well before graduation. Every student creates an individualized career plan that charts a course for years 2, 3, and 4 at Seton Hill, possibly including courses to take, minors or second majors, summer, part-time, and work-study jobs, initial internship plans, beginning a publication program. Spring semester.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 150 .
  
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    SEL 160 - News, Arts, and Sports Writing (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Exploration of the meticulously sourced style of informative writing practiced by professional journalists, emphasizing news, arts/entertainment and sports reporting. By reporting on local & current events students will also explore cultural issues such as racial and gender bias and the function journalism plays in a free society. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

  
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    SEL 220 - Linguistics: Culture and Literacy (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Studies language as a dynamic, evolving tool situated in cultural practice. Applies fundamental concepts of linguistics including syntax, phonology, morphology, and pragmatics to contemporary issues of literacy and learning. Topics include how language is acquired, how and why languages change over time, how technology and language influence one another, and how English functions as a language. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

  
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    SEL 231 - Topics in Creative Writing (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Starting Your Novel, Digital Storytelling, Creative Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction. Offered Summer online and as needed. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 232 - Writing Fiction (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Instruction and practice in the writing of short fiction. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 106  or SEL 107 .
  
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    SEL 233 - Writing Poetry (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Instruction and practice in the writing of poetry. Consideration of contemporary poetic theory and practice. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 235 - Magazine Writing and Editing (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students develop skills in advanced nonfiction writing by crafting texts in several common magazine genres and practicing the writing process. Topics include the role of audience and publication analysis, an introduction to various common genres of magazine writing, strategies research in magazine writing, the ethics of magazine writing, an introduction to the process of publication and editing, and the impact of technology on the magazine industry. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 237 - Writing about Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    This course teaches students to apply college writing skills to the discipline of English, with particular emphasis in the researched essay. Students read a wide variety of primary texts and interpret them through writing, revision, and literary theory. English and journalism majors should take this course in the Fall semester of the sophomore year. Fall semester. Writing Intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 106  or SEL 107 , and SEL 150 , grade of C or better.
  
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    SEL 250 - Major Writers and Genres (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., short fiction, autobiography, science fiction. Alternate years. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. Counts toward the Gender and Women’s Studies minor when the topic is “Feminist Readings.”

  
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    SEL 255 - The Bible as Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    This is an introductory literature course in reading the Bible. The course surveys the formation of the Bible related to Judaic and Christian traditions. Students examine diverse literary forms: from mythic stories of origin and prophecies to poems and parables. Students develop the skill of critically reading biblical literature through a theological lens. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 256 - Career Exploration (English)

    1 Credit(s)

    Junior-level career workshop revisiting, updating, and enacting the individualized career plan created in Career Orientation. Focus on assessing and changing goals, making concrete, achievable plans, and taking action steps, such as applying for jobs and internships, content creation, and publication. Each student creates or revises a resume targeted toward internships and summer employment. Students apply for at least three internships or summer jobs related to career goals. Continued work on English portfolio. Spring semester.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 156 .
  
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    SEL 263 - Topics in World Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Topics vary from year to year, e.g., International Novel, Confucius and Modern Thought, African Women’s Writing, Survey of World Literature. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 264 - Shakespeare in Context (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    The works of significant British writers from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 18th century, but with special emphasis on Shakespeare and how his works fit into the development of British literature. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

  
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    SEL 265 - British Voices from Romantics Now (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    The works of significant British writers from the Romantic Period till today, with emphasis on the historical and cultural development of British literature. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

  
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    SEL 266 - American Lit Survey, 1776 to Pres (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Surveys a broad expanse of American literature, including fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, written in different regions of the United States, by men and women of various cultural groups. Canonical works and movements are studied along with writing from marginalized or emerging viewpoints, such as Native American oral tradition, African American narrative, women’s private and public writing, and multimodal storytelling. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 106  or SEL 107 .
  
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    SEL 268 - Topics: New Voices (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    In this course students will be introduced to the work of a diverse range of writers who because of political and cultural histories of inequality have been marginalized from the literary establishment. The topics and texts will vary and come from diverse literary traditions and genres, calling students to analyze texts in relation to their cultural/historical contexts. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit.

  
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    SEL 269 - Cont American Lit for Children (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 271 - European Literature I (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    A survey of selected European writers (non-British) from ancient times to 1750, and of how, through literature, they express their understanding of human experience. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 272 - European Literature II (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    A survey of selected European writers (non-British) from the Enlightenment to the present, and of how, through literature, they express their understanding of human experience. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

  
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    SEL 273 - Topics in American Literature (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Explores a major author, genre or theme in American literature, providing in-depth study of the chosen topic. Offerings might include topics such as Broadway Musicals as Literature, Poe and a Popular Fiction Innovator, Individualism and Communities in American Poetry, or Cyborg Bodies in American Literature. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 106  or SEL 107 .
  
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    SEL 309 - Special Topics In English (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Topics vary from term to term; emphasis is on upper-level (junior and senior) in-depth study, e.g., Southern Women Writers, The Vampire in Literature, Literature of the Sea, Digital Storytelling, The Sublime, Avant Garde Cinema, Contemporary Irish Literature, Remixes. Spring semester. Repeatable for credit.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 150  and two other English courses.
  
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    SEL 310 - Chaucer (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, with introductory study of Middle English language and literary and historical traditions. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

  
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    SEL 312 - Literary Criticism (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    A study of diverse literary theories, emphasizing the practical application of criticism through deep textual analysis. Students will perform critical writing informed by advanced schools of thought, contemporary cultural issues and significant methods of literary research. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

    Prerequisite(s): SEL 237 .
  
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    SEL 335 - Creative Content (English)

    3 Credit(s)

    Students critique as well as compose their own creative, multimodal texts (texts that combine writing with other modalities such as images, sounds, movement, etc.) in digital environments. Principles from rhetorical theory including audience, purpose, ethos, and other rhetorical devices (metaphor, juxtaposition, etc.) are applied in the analysis and composition of multimodal texts. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Sophomore status required.

 

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