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Course Descriptions

Prerequisite & Content-Area Courses

EDE 202 Exploring Teaching -2

Explores the history of education in the United States, the profession of teaching, certification in Washington and the dispositions of successful teachers as identified by the Whitworth School of Education conceptual framework.

EDE 203 Exploring Teaching: Field Experience -1
Field experience in which candidates are placed in classrooms as teaching assistants and tutors. Opportunity for candidates to reflect on their potential as educators, Washington State educational reforms and the connection between theories taught in EDE 202 and practical applications within K-12 classrooms.

SS 101 Concepts In Social Sciences I -3
Provides a clear understanding of the major ideas, eras, themes, developments, turning points, chronology and cause-and-effect relationships in U.S. history. The social-studies concepts of economics and civics are presented within a historical context. Guiding the content are the essential knowledge and skills for elementary-teacher candidates as stated in the elementary endorsement competencies published by OSPI. Fulfills U.S. history and civics requirements for elementary-education majors.

SS 102 Concepts In Social Sciences II - 3
Provides a clear understanding of the major ideas, eras, themes, developments, turning points, chronology and cause-and-effect relationships in Pacific Northwest history. The social-studies concepts of economics and civics are presented within a historical context. Guiding the content are the essential knowledge and skills for elementary-teacher candidates as stated in the elementary endorsement competencies published by OSPI. Fulfills Pacific Northwest/Washington State history and economics requirements for elementary-education majors

ETC Cohort Courses

EDE 204 Child and Adolescent Development (3)
This course examines developmental aspects (cognitive, social-emotional, moral, spiritual, and physical) and sociological challenges (abuse and neglect, substance abuse, poverty, familial discord) and their impact on teaching and learning.  Candidates study children, youth and adolescents, with a focus on psychology in the diverse classroom.

MA 220 Structure in Elementary Math (3)
This course is designed for the prospective elementary or middle school teacher. It focuses on development of number systems, vocabulary, and symbolism in the present-day use of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. It applies toward the general-education math requirement for elementary-education majors only.

EDE 320/520 Exceptional Learners and Inclusion (3)
This course provides an overview of exceptional children, gifted education, disabling conditions, legal issues, intervention strategies, family systems, and teaming approaches related to special education. Emphasis is placed on accommodations for high-incidence conditions. Candidates will develop individualized education plans and complete a practicum experience in a school or home setting.  Cross-listed with EDE 520.

EDE 335/535 Technology in Education (1)                                             
This course introduces the technology skills currently used in K-12 classrooms to improve teaching and learning, and the principles guiding the use of technology tools. This course prepares candidates with the technological knowledge and skills to increase productivity in instructional design, assessment, and communication; enhance student engagement; and promote active, meaningful learning for 21st century digital natives. Cross-listed with EDE 535.

EDE 340 Differentiated Instructional Strategies & K-8 Social Studies Methods (3)
This course introduces candidates to differentiated instruction and assessment of social studies in the diverse K-8 classroom.  Candidates learn and use Washington and Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design curriculum planning methods, using the ETC instructional plan. From the School of Education conceptual framework, the course emphasizes becoming and effective practitioner through planning and is designed to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment.  This course meets Whitworth's oral-communication requirement.

EDE 341 K-8 Mathematics Methods (2)
This course introduces candidates to curriculum, differentiated instruction and assessment in the diverse K-8 classroom. Problem solving is emphasized as a tool to teach mathematics equitably to all students.  Learning theory and current best practices are utilized to create lesson plans aligned with the Washington and Common Core State Standards for mathematics.  This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment.

EDE 343 K-8 Science Methods (2)                                             
This course introduces candidates to curriculum, differentiated instruction and assessment in the diverse K-8 classroom. The integration of science concepts in other disciplines is emphasized. This course prepares candidates to be responsible citizens for an environmentally sustainable, globally interconnected, and diverse society.  It includes theories, teaching, strategies, demonstration and laboratory techniques, an overview of curriculum, assessment guidelines, Washington State standards, conducting field trips and safety considerations.

EDE 344 Literacy Practicum (1)
The course places candidates in a diverse elementary or self-contained middle school classroom to observe and assist with reading and language-arts lessons modeled by classroom teachers. Candidates assess reading abilities of selected students. This course is designed to prepare candidates for Task 1 and 2 of the Teacher Performance Assessment by teaching, video taping and analyzing a lesson during this placement.

EDE 345A K-8 Physical Education and Health Methods (1)            
This course introduces candidates to methods for teaching and assessing physical and health education in elementary school.  Current methods and materials are used to develop the elementary curriculum, differentiate physical education and health instruction and assessment and teaching appropriate activities for diverse learners in the K-8 classroom. 

EDE 345B K-8 Theatre Methods (1)                                          
This course teaches theatre techniques useful across the curriculum in any elementary classroom. Candidates learn how to integrate theatre concepts into literacy, character education and social studies curriculum.  Candidates develop and teach lessons that use theatre methods, as well as apply and differentiate for diverse learners in K-8 classrooms.

EDE 345C K-8 Music Methods (1)                                             
This course emphasizes the music experience in an elementary setting.  Candidates study the use of different musical concepts, methods and materials, integration of music into other content areas, and process/product will be studied.  Candidates become familiar with terminology and various music programs, while learning how differentiate instruction and assess musical skills and concepts for diverse learners in K-8 classrooms.

EDE 345D K-8 Art Methods (1)                                                   
This course emphasizes the art experience in an elementary setting.  Candidates study different media, integration of art into other content areas, and process/product. Candidates become familiar with terminology and various art programs, while learning how to differentiate instruction and assess art skills and concepts for diverse learners in K-8 classrooms.

EDE 350 Integrated Instructional Methods (3)   
This course introduces candidates to interdisciplinary instruction through micro-teachings and analysis of teaching and learning behaviors.  It focuses on integrating curriculum in the candidate’s major and related content areas.  Candidates learn instructional methods and assessment strategies that are utilized to create lesson plans aligned with the Washington and Common Core State Standards.  It addresses character education and equity pedagogy. This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment.

EDE 351 Instructional Strategies Practicum I (1)
The course places candidates in a diverse middle school or high school classroom to develop competencies in teaching and assessing learning in the candidate’s specific content area. This course is designed to prepare candidates for Task 1 and 2 of the Teacher Performance Assessment by teaching, video taping and analyzing a lesson during this placement.

EDE 363/563 ELL Methods in Language Arts and Reading (3)        
This course emphasizes the application of language acquisition theory to the teaching of English language learners.  Strategies to teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing teaching, as well as the purpose and administration of language proficiency assessment, will be presented and practiced.  This course may be conducted online. Cross-listed with EDU 363/563.

EDE 367/567 Introduction to Intercultural Education (1)
This course introduces candidates to the development of intercultural communication and teaching skills at the culture-general and culture-specific levels of understanding. It examines the nature and use of power in society and the impact of one's own cultural values, attitudes and beliefs on K-12 students.  Cross-listed with EDE 567.

EDE 368/568 Intercultural Immersion Experience (2-3)
This course places candidates in an intercultural educational setting designed to deepen and broaden previous culturally based experiences. Classroom assignment includes observation, lesson planning, assisting with special-needs students, tutoring, teaching, and attending professional meetings. In addition, candidates are expected to immerse themselves in the life of the community in which they are placed. Prerequisite: EDE 367. Cross-listed with EDE 568.

EDE 401W Critical Issues in Education (3)                             
This capstone course clarifies faith, philosophical, social and educational convictions as they relate to the teaching profession. Candidates explore and translate worldview convictions to educational practice with a focus on children in exceptional circumstances.  Candidates also explore critical issues in American education, such as public school law, professional rights and responsibilities, and faith and values related to teaching. This course satisfies the writing- intensive requirement for the bachelor’s degree.

EDE 440/540 K-8 Reading Methods (3)
This course introduces candidates to differentiated instruction and assessment of reading in the diverse K-8 classroom. It prepares candidates to learn the processes of teaching reading, reading skills, and reading comprehension and vocabulary development for diverse learners in the K-8 classroom. Candidates learn differentiated reading strategies, hands-on use of current published reading materials for planning reading lessons, and an overview of Washington and Common Core State Standards for reading.  This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment.  Cross-listed with EDE 540.

EDE 441/541 K-8 Literacy Methods (3)
This course focuses on the development of an integrated reading/language-arts thematic unit, differentiated instruction and assessment of reading and language arts abilities, and use of Washington and Common Core State Standards for literacy. It includes an introduction to genres of children's literature and their cross-disciplinary integration. This course is design to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment.  Cross-listed with EDE 541.

EDE 444 Instructional Strategies Practicum (1)
The course places candidates in a diverse elementary or self-contained middle school classroom to develop competencies in teaching and assessing learning in social studies, science and math. This course is designed to prepare candidates for Task 2 of the Teacher Performance Assessment by video taping and analyzing a lesson during this placement.  Cross-listed with EDE 451.

EDE 451 Instructional Strategies Practicum II (1)
The course places candidates in a diverse middle school or high school classroom to develop competencies in teaching and assessing learning in the candidate’s specific content area. This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment by video taping and analyzing a lesson during this placement.

EDE 471/571 Assessment and Classroom Management (3)                          
This course examines assessment practices and issues in education, with an emphasis on best-practice research, performance-based assessment, Washington and Common Core State Standards, school-based data systems and assessment as an integral component of classroom instruction.  It addresses theoretical and practical models of classroom management. Candidates develop classroom management plans designed to create a respectful and culturally positive learning climate that assures maximum learning. This course is designed to prepare candidates for Teacher Performance Assessment. Cross-listed with EDE 571

EDE 474/574 Clinical Practicum seminar (1)
This seminar explores issues in student teaching, professional portfolio development, documentation of positive impact on student learning, and preparation of the ETC instructional plan as it relates to the completion and submission of the Teacher Performance Assessment. This seminar also prepares candidates for certification and job placement. Cross-listed with EDE 574.

EDE 496/596 Clinical Practicum (11)
This full time experience is in an elementary or self-contained middle school classroom.  Candidates plan, instruct, and assess for student learning under the guidance of an experienced mentor teacher and a university supervisor.  This experience also emphasizes socialization, classroom management and professional activities within a diverse school culture.  Prerequisites:  Enrollment in this course requires a clinical practicum application and the approval of the ETC Director.  Cross-listed with EDE 596.

  • EDE 493 Clinical Practicum, Middle School and Special Education  1-11
  • EDE 494 Clinical Practicum, High School and Special Education   1-11
  • EDE 496/596 Clinical Practicum, K-8 Level  1-11
  • EDE 497/597 Clinical Practicum, Middle-School Level   1-11
  • EDE 498/598 Clinical Practicum, High School Level 1-11



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