EDU - Education

Course Number/Title

Course description

Prerequisites

Credits

EDU 100 Orientation to Education

The orientation provides an overview of teaching and learning as a career. Students will develop an understanding of the Education Programme expectations, the Cayman Islands Professional Teaching Standards and what it means to be an “aspiring teacher”. This is a required course for all first year Education majors.

1 Credit

EDU 220 Introduction to Child Development

This course will examine key concepts including the nature of child development from birth through adolescence and the the- ories as they relate to the support of the child’s development and learning. Students will gain an understanding of the stages of growth to assess learning and make informed decisions in the classroom. Topics include language and cognitive develop- ment. The course also examines the importance of cultural sensitivity as it relates to creating an environment for learning.

3 Credits

EDU 230 Introduction to Teaching and Learning

This course explores multiple theories and models of teaching and learning including direct instruction, integrative, discovery and problem-based models. It is designed to give the novice teacher a deeper understanding of how to motivate students and facilitate the learning process and to master fundamental strategies in order to facilitate learning and promote student achievement. Students will connect theory and learning techniques designed to create a culture for learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 220; EDU 230

3 Credits

EDU 235 Teaching Exceptional Children I

This course introduces the fundamental knowledge required to support students with additional learning needs (ALSN) and/or students with special education and/or disability needs (SEND). Throughout the course students will increase their understanding of what successful practice looks like when supporting ALL learners while developing a strong pedagogical foundation. Students will know and apply the Cayman Island's Code of Practice to identify pathways for student success and determine/implement strategies for promoting learner with a focus on language and literacy development for students with disabilities. Students will attend planned school visits.

 

This course introduces the fundamental knowledge required to support students with additional learning needs (ALSN) and/or students with special education and/or disability needs (SEND). Throughout the course students will increase their understanding of what successful practice looks like when supporting ALL learners while developing a strong pedagogical foundation. Students will know and apply the Cayman Island's Code of Practice to identify pathways for student success and determine/implement strategies for promoting learner with a focus on language and literacy development for students with disabilities. Students will attend planned school visits.

ENG 101, 102 and EDU 240

EDU 240 Methods of Inclusion and Collaboration

This course provides a comprehensive overview of special education and inclusion. Students will explore the characteristics of students with special needs and analyse the pros and cons of including students with special needs in the classroom. Students will examine the role of the general class teacher and the strategies to help special education students be successful in the classroom. 10 practicum hours are required.

CHE 211

4 Credits

EDU 249:  Exploring Children’s Literature I

 

                                                                                                                    

This course familiarizes the novice with a variety of high interest, developmentally appropriate books written for children. Students will explore and discuss the various writing genres including fairy tales and fables, animal stories, fantasy, fiction and non-fiction and humor and poetry for the purpose of enriching the child’s reading experience. Students will plan lessons and lead class discussions. 

EDU 220, Introduction to Child Development  

Corequisite:  

EDU 251 Methods for Teaching Primary Literacy 

EDU 251 Principles, Methods and Practicum for Teaching Early and Emergent Literacy I

This course introduces theories of literacy learning and language development. Students will examine models for teaching literacy and practise specific strategies and techniques to assist literacy and student growth in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the classroom.

Approved Education majors only; ENG 101; ENG 102; EDU 220; EDU 230

3 Credits

EDU 252 Principles, Methods and Practicum for Teaching Early Mathematics I

This course investigates how children learn mathematics. The fundamental principles of Math will be examined and how to teach mathematics so that children visualise the relationships and connections within and between mathematics ideas, and relations and connections to the real world. Instructional methods and strategies will be applied during the Practicum experience in the classroom.

Approved Education majors only; MAT 105; MAT 111; EDU 220; EDU 230

3 Credits

EDU 260 Integrating Technology in the Classroom

In this course, students will be able to appreciate the role of information, communication and Technology (ICT) in the teaching-learning dynamics with a focus on the primary level. It will also enable them to use the computer as a tool for the manipulation of information, for instructional support and the applications of related educational software. Students will acquire hands-on operating experience.

3 Credits

EDU 303 Pedagogy Seminar I

Students that have been formally accepted into the Education Programme are required to register for and attend Pedagogy Seminar I. The purpose of the Seminar is to outline the pathway for becoming a primary school teacher in the Cayman Islands and will discuss professionalism and on-going expectations for successful programme completion.

Approved Education majors only

1 Credit

EDU 304 Pedagogy Seminar II

Year 2 students accepted into the Education Pro- gramme are required to register for and attend Pedagogy Seminar II. The purpose of the Seminar is to outline the next steps for programme completion and to share information regarding the Teaching Practicum. A panel of teachers who have graduated from the programme will be present to share their experience and answer students’ questions.

Approved Education majors only

1 Credit

EDU 325 Models and Theories of Education

This course examines the models and theories which have shaped education. Students will learn the characteristics of the effective learning environment including classroom management strategies and tech- niques necessary for teaching and learning. Attention is given to practical aspects of teaching such as discipline, communication and interpersonal relationship skills, class- room ethos, time management, team planning, and methods of instructions are discussed.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 389

3 Credits

EDU 330 Introduction to the Philosophy and Sociology of Education

This course examines the influential education philosophies throughout history and the ways they have shaped modern educational instruction both academically and in a socio-cultural context. As a result of this course, students will develop their own personal philosophy of teaching and learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 389

3 Credits

EDU 335 Principles, Methods and Practicum for Teaching Literacy: Reading and Thinking

This course examines the theories and models for teaching literacy. Research in language development and literacy will be examined as it relates to effective lesson planning, instruction and assessment. The work of experts in the field of literacy will be reviewed to inform instructional practice. Students will learn and practice strategies and techniques to develop literacy. Students will use multiple models for teaching literacy to develop lessons and materials aligned to the National Curriculum of the Cayman Islands. Students will explore and practice specific strategies for assessing literacy and methods for promoting student growth in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

EDU 251

3 credits

EDU 336 Practicum for Teaching Literacy: Reading and Thinking

Students registered for EDU 335 will be required to register for the practicum which consists of planning and instruction in a classroom setting. Student teachers will design lesson plans and be actively involved in literacy in the classroom setting totaling 15 additional hours.

EDU 335                                

   1 Credit

EDU 345 Creating and Managing Learning Environments

This course will examine best practices in primary classroom management and provide student teachers with strategies to build effective management system for the elementary classroom. Ideas on how to organise the classroom for optimal learning will be discussed. Students will examine research-based methods and actual case studies of best practice in classroom management. During this course, students will develop their own positive management system. This course will take a close look at organisation in the classroom and how it affects student learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 389

3 Credits

EDU 349:  Exploring Children’s Literature II

This course familiarizes the novice teacher with a variety of high interest, developmentally appropriate books written for children. Students will explore and discuss the various writing genres including fairy tales and fables, animal stories, fantasy, fiction and non-fiction and humor and poetry for the purpose of enriching the child’s reading experience. Bachelor students will focus on writing in these genres and plan reading/writing lessons and lead class discussions. 

ENG 101,102 EDU 389 EDU 251 

EDU 355 Principles, Methods and Practicum for Teaching Early Mathematics II

This course investigates how children learn mathematics. The fundamental principles of maths will be examined. Students will learn how to teach mathematics so that chil- dren: 1) visualise mathematical relationships 2)make connections within and between mathematics ideas 3) relate and connect concepts to real world applications and prob- lem solving. Students will apply instructional methods and strategies during the Practicum experience in the classroom.

EDU 356. Prerequisites: Approved Education majors only, MAT 105;

MAT111;EDU252

3 Credits

EDU 356 Practicum for Teaching Early Mathematics II

Students registered for EDU 355 will be required to register for the practicum which consists of planning and instruction in a classroom setting. Student teachers will design lesson plans and implement instruction totaling 15 additional hours.

EDU 355

3 Credits

EDU 365 Curriculum Planning and Design

This course will explore the foundation and principles of curriculum. Students will learn the principles, organisation, design and implementation of effective curriculum planning. Students will design a curriculum map and create and implement a unit plan using the “Understanding by Design” model.

COM 112; MAT 106

1 Credit

EDU 380 Diagnostic and Instructional Interventions in Reading

This course examines specific reading diagnostic and assessment tools. Students will learn how to measure, assess and interpret both formative and summative data and use the information to plan effective interventions to promote reading skills at the primary level.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 335; EDU 336

3 Credits

EDU 385 Integrating Technology in the Classroom II

In this course students will understand the role of information, communication and technology (ICT) in the teaching-learning dynamic with a focus on primary level. It will also enable students to use the computer as a tool for the manipulation of information, for instructional support and the application of related educational software. This class offers hands-on experience with a variety of technological resources.

ENG 101, 102 and EDU 220

EDU 389 Child Development and Learning

This course examines multiple child development and emotional intelligence theories to positively support the child’s physical, social, emotional and academic growth. Students will explore how social and emotional issues affect the child’s cognitive development and learning. Students will apply key information to lesson planning, preparation and instruction to promote the child’s social, emotional and academic growth.

EDU220

3 Credits

EDU 390   Teaching Exceptional Children II

In this course students will understand the role of information, communication and technology (ICT) in the teaching-learning dynamic with a focus on primary level. It will also enable students to use the computer as a tool for the manipulation of information, for instructional support and the application of related educational software. This class offers hands-on experience with a variety of technological resources.

ENG 101, 102 and EDU 240

 EDU 403 Senior Pedagogy Seminar III

This seminar is required for all Education Programme students who are planning to graduate.

Approved Education majors only

2 Credits

EDU 405 Integrating Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education

This course explores ideas and methods to effectively integrate art, drama, music and physical education into the primary curriculum. It will focus on designing lessons using Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences to develop creativity, engage students and promote learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 335; EDU 336

3 Credits

EDU 415 Principles, Methods and Practicum for Teaching Primary Science and Social Studies

This course will investigate the theories and methods for teaching science and develop effective teaching skills with the emphasis on planning, implementing instruction, and assessment of student learning. Topics include the scientific method, experimentation, interpretation of data using graphs, charts and the process of problem solving and using technology effectively. Fifteen additional teaching practice (Practicum) hours are required and will include observation and teaching experience in small group, cooperative and whole group lessons at the primary grade level.

EDU 416. Prerequisites: Approved Education majors only; completion of

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3 Credits

EDU 416 Practicum for Teaching Primary Science and Social Studies

Students registered for EDU 415 will be required to register for the practicum which consists of planning experimentation and 15 hours implementing instruction in a classroom setting.

Corequisite: EDU 415

1 Credit

EDU 425 Child, Family and Community Relationships

This course highlights the importance of parents, extended family and community relationships as they impact primary level teaching and learning in the classroom. Students will research best prac- tice on ways to develop strong relationships and design opportunities for inclusion in and support of the child’s learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 230; EDU 389

3 Credits

EDU 435 English as a Second Language

This course explores the interaction among language, literacy, and culture. Students will develop effective lesson plans and assessment tools for teaching English as a second language in the primary classroom using concepts, instructional strategies and materials designed for effective teaching and learning.

Approved Education majors only; EDU 335; EDU 336

3 Credits

EDU440 Classroom Measurement and Evaluation

This course examines the basic principles of educational evaluation including techniques and strategies used in the assessment of learning outcomes. In addition, the course will analyse and discuss various issues in assessment such as authentic assessment, and large scale assessment as well as the purposes of assessment. Emphasis will also be placed on using non-biased, reliable, and valid assessment data to meet the individual needs of learners.

3 Credits

EDU 491 Ethical Issues in Education

Students formally admitted to the Education programme are required to register and attend this class. Current issues and ethics in education will be discussed as well as education law and the legal aspects of teaching and learning.

Prerequisite: Approved Education majors only

2 Credits

EDU 495 Student Teaching Practicum

Students who have successfully completed all EDU courses will register for classroom teaching and be assigned a mentor teacher to guide instructional practice in schools for an entire semester. Placements will be assigned in the month of December.

Prerequisite: Approved Education majors only; Education Prog. Leader’s approval

15 Credits