Sep 25, 2023  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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ECE 312 Social Studies Methods

3 Credits

This course prepares students to become effective early elementary social studies educators who are capable of teaching the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values that are necessary for fulfilling the responsibilities of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Special attention is given to effective teaching strategies and to addressing the individual and cultural diversity of all learners. Consequently, students examine the social studies curriculum as it specifically relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem-solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, as well as modes of inquiry. Collaboration and supportive classroom interaction, instructional planning, assessment, reflection and professional growth, and professional leadership (based upon pedagogical standards that have been identified by the National Council for the Social Studies) are also studied.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 204 , ECE 205 , ECE 214 , ECE 240 , and ECE 245 .

NOTE: All students pursuing Early Elementary (PK–4) and Special Education (PK–8) Certification are required to successfully complete ECE 101, Teaching as a Profession: PK–4, before taking any other required course in the major. Students pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification in either Biology/General Science, English, or Social Studies are required to successfully complete EDU 101, Teaching as a Profession, before taking any other required course in the major. Proof of a current FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance is required and must be submitted to the Dean of Education and Human Service’s office in order to begin any ECE, EDU, or SPEC course. No student may begin these classes without all current clearances.

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