Courses

ELED-101. Orientation To Teaching In The Elementary Education School. 3 Hours.

ELED-109. First Year Experience: Building Chicago One Teacher At A Time. 3 Hours.

In this course the five foundations (Future Planning, Integral Preparation, Research, Self-discovery, and Transitions) of Northeastern's First-Year Experience program are taught alongside an introduction to content specific to the discipline of Teaching of Elementary Education. Introduction to Chicago schools, communities, and diverse student population as well as curricular models, school structures and best practices in teaching.

ELED-300. Instructional Design In The 21st Century Classroom. 1.5 Hour.

This course prepares future K-8 teachers to teach all learners in today's classrooms. Special focus is given to teaching elementary and middle school students with a variety of needs and abilities, including English language learners, students with disabilities, gifted/talented students, and reluctant students. This diversity brings some challenges for teachers. Strategies and practices are taught to prepare future teachers for these challenges in instruction and assessment.
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ELED-302.

ELED-301. Curriculum Of The Elementary School. 3 Hours.

The relationship of theory to practice is studied in a nariety of elementary and middle school curricula. Analyses and interpretations of teaching-learning processes are conducted. Special attention is directed to (1) instructional objectives in planning, (2) application of theories of child development, learning, classroom management, and instructional methodology to multicultural curriculum development, (3) unit and lesson planning, and (4) evaluation techniques. Strategies for meeting the needs of students with special needs are explored.
Prerequisites: EDFN-306 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ELED-302.

ELED-302. Writing Intensive Program: Foundation Of Teaching The English Language Arts. 3 Hours.

Course designed to provide candidates with an overview of the theory, best practices, curriculum design and materials used in teaching language arts in K through middle school classrooms. Language Arts instruction includes mastery of six language arts competencies: reading, writing, listening, talking, viewing and visual representation, and emphasizes integration of the arts including drama, movement and vocal expression. The course addresses differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners including special needs students and English Language Learners. It is a writing intensive course affording students the opportunity to demonstrate competency in writing in various genres.
Prerequisites: College of Education Admission YES and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.
Corequisites: ELED-301, ELED-300, SPED-317.

ELED-303. Children's And Young Adult Literature. 1.5 Hour.

This course familiarizes students with quality children’s and young adult literature for elementary and middle grades. Students will learn to select, discuss, and critique books appropriate for this age range. Assigned readings and projects will enable students to develop critical, analytical and instructional skills for integrating culturally diverse children’s literature across the curriculum.
Prerequisite: ELED-302 minimum grade of C.
Corequisites: ELED-309, ELED-328.

ELED-304. Methods Of Teaching Inquiry-Based Social Studies. 3 Hours.

A study of theories and methods for teaching social studies with an emphasis on social justice education in the elementary and middle school. The candidates will gain an understanding of selected issues such as, critical and multicultural pedagogy, learning styles and integration of literature and language arts. Candidates will engage in critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry and discovery learning and collaboration. The course will also address differentiation for special needs and English learners, planning, assessment, and reflection.
Prerequisites: ELED-300 minimum grade of B and College of Education Admission YES.

ELED-305. Methods Of Teaching Science In Elementary And Middle Schools. 3 Hours.

ELED-305 is a study of instructional methods and materials for teaching science to all students including linguistically and culturally diverse learners, and exceptional children. The course explores the theoretical framework for the nature of science (NOS), and methods of inquiry in teaching science. The emphasis is on the development of inquiry-based lessons to promote the skills of the scientific process using hands-on experimentation. Classroom management strategies conducive to the implementation of successful individual and group science investigations are also included. There is a focus on the intermediate and middle school grades.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of B and ELED-302 minimum grade of B and College of Education Admission YES.

ELED-306. Methods Of Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

The course is designed for pre-service teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to teach literacy in K-8 classrooms. Content includes: concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, word knowledge, comprehension, and the writing process; literacy assessments; grouping strategies and instructional frameworks that support differentiated instruction. Issues of diversity and equity as they relate to literacy teaching and learning in today’s 21st century context will be threaded throughout the course with an emphasis on working with diverse student populations.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of C and ELED-302 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ELED-328B.

ELED-306A. Methods Of Teaching Reading-Elementary School With Clinical Experience. 3 Hours.

Examines current issues and research in the teaching of reading. Emphasis is given to exploring the instructional methods and materials for teaching reading to all students including linguistically and culturally diverse learners and students with special needs. Principles of classroom management are included. Accompanied by 100 hours of supervised, sequential clinical experiences culminating in teaching student developed instructional units. Emphasis on intermediate and middle school grades.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of B and ELED-302 minimum grade of B and College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ELED-328.

ELED-306B. Methods Of Teaching Reading-Elementary School Without Clinical Experience. 3 Hours.

For non-program students who do not need the 100 hours of supervised, sequential clinical experiences.

ELED-309. Reading & Writing In The Content Areas. 1.5 Hour.

In this course, pre-service teachers will develop the knowledge, skills, and understandings to support the literacy development of students in elementary and middle grades with a focus on literacy in the content areas. The content of this course includes: the teaching of academic and discipline-specific vocabulary; the role of prior knowledge and cognitive/metacognitive strategies in comprehension; writing to learn; literacy assessment; grouping strategies and instructional frameworks that support differentiated instruction using tradebooks, digital texts, and other non-print materials; motivation; and lesson/unit planning. Issues of diversity and equity as they relate to literacy will be threaded throughout the course.
Prerequisite: ELED-302 minimum grade of C.
Corequisites: ELED-303, ELED-328.

ELED-310. Elementary And Middle School Math Methods. 3 Hours.

Development of methods, techniques, and teaching aids for the teaching of mathematical concepts to all children including exceptional and gifted students in multicultural classrooms. Appropriate techniques in classroom management are included. Emphasis on grades K-8.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of B and ELED-302 minimum grade of B and College of Education Admission YES.

ELED-312. Teaching Strategies For English Language Learners & Multicultural Students. 3 Hours.

This course explores a variety of cultural values, languages, and the process of social integration of American ethnic groups that children bring to middle level classrooms and the teacher's role in enhancing each Early Adolescence's learning experiences. Decision making skills in selecting content area instructional strategies for English Language Learners and Multicultural groups will be the emphasis. Field experiences will be done in conjunction with course assignments.

ELED-315. Teaching In The Inner City Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Educational problems inherent in the inner city milieu, exploration of developmental learning concerns as applicable in various ethnic groups; study of socio-economic conditions as relating to educational achievements.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of B and ELED-302 minimum grade of B.

ELED-320. Classroom Management. 1.5 Hour.

This course will provide teacher candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to manage and organize the classroom. The class will explore strategies and approaches for guiding student behavior, fostering engagement, and designing a classroom conducive to student learning. Candidates will develop a personal management plan based on the theorists examined and practical examples shared. Candidates will also design an ideal classroom to demonstrate understanding of creating.
Prerequisites: ELED-301 minimum grade of B and ELED-302 minimum grade of B and College of Education Admission YES.

ELED-328B. Clinical Experience In Elementary Education. 3 Hours.

ELED-328B provides intensive clinical experience in elementary schools for students enrolled in ELED-306. Involves supervised and graduated teaching interactions with children in literacy in K-8 classrooms and includes weekly seminars. The seminars will provide intensive preparation and practice with EdTPA and a focus on the clinical context. This course fulfills 100 of the 200 required clock hours of clinical experiences.
Requirements: plus two additional methods courses, and a passing score on the ICTS Subject Area Examination
Prerequisites: ELED-300 minimum grade of C and ELED-302 minimum grade of C.
Corequisite: ELED-306.

ELED-329. Student Teaching In Elementary Education, K-9. 9 Hours.

This course provides the teacher candidate with sixteen weeks of full day supervised classroom teaching experience combined with weekly class discussions. Teacher Candidates must submit a completed edTPA portfolio. Concurrent enrollment in EDFN-308.
Corequisite: EDFN-308.

ELED-330. Creating And Using Puppetry In The Classroom. 3 Hours.

This is hands-on course in puppetry and marionette making and its implementation for possible use in the language arts classroom. The format consists of the construction of marionetts/hand puppets and the development of procedures and processes for their use in the classroom by teachers and students. Puppetry will be viewed as a learning and teaching methodology in which teachers can foster and encourage creativity and higher level thinking skills, including divergent thinking and problem solving techniques. Puppetry will also be viewed as part of the curriculum in which students can become involved in the development of story in literature and drama. This class with its hands-on approach to puppetry, teaches the importance of using arts in education as a vehicle for learning.

ELED-342. Classroom Assessment. 3 Hours.

Provides the teacher candidates with a thorough understanding of the purposes, characteristics, and limitations of different types of assessments, including standardized assessments, universal screening, curriculum-based assessment, and progress monitoring tools. Candidates will examine the appropriate uses of formative and summative assessments for determining student needs, measuring student growth, and evaluating student outcomes. Candidates will understand how to make evidence-based decisions about curricular and instructional effectiveness and how to adjust practice to meet the needs of all students.

ELED-403. Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In Elementary And Middle Schools. 3 Hours.

Investigation and development of research, methodology, techniques, and teaching aids for the teaching of mathematical concepts to all children, including special needs, ELL, LEP, exceptional, and gifted students in diverse, multicultural classrooms. Different instructional models will be explored, research methods considered, and current resources identified. Collaborative efforts will be investigated. Focus on differentiation and appropriate classroom management techniques. Emphasis on grades K-8.

ELED-406. Research Skills For The Classroom Teacher. 3 Hours.

Enables the regular classroom teacher to use tools and procedures that will demonstrate the working effectiveness of any instructional practice; thus, the teacher will develop data that will foster constructive decision-making for continued curriculum building.

ELED-414. Principles Of Curriculum Development. 3 Hours.

Fundamental criteria for curriculum planning and the principal types of curriculum patterns as they apply to various subject-matter disciplines; emphasis focused on the student's subject area of specialization and its applicability to the improvement of the curriculum in the classroom and in the school; study of selection and organization of learning experiences, as well as objectives and evaluation.
Prerequisite: EDFN-406 minimum grade of C.

ELED-415. Teaching Science As Inquiry In Elementary And Middle School. 3 Hours.

Students are provided with the theoretical and practical framework to learn about the nature of science and methods of inquiry in teaching science. This course is a study of instructional methods and curricula for teaching science to all students, including linguistically and culturally diverse learners and exceptional children. The emphasis is on the development of inquiry-based lessons to promote scientific process skills using hands-on/minds-on experimentation. Classroom management strategies conducive to the implementation of successful individual and group science investigations are included. Emphasis is on grades K-8.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and (INMD-410 minimum grade of B or EDFN-442 minimum grade of B).
Corequisite: ELED-428C.

ELED-416. Social Studies As Inquiry. 3 Hours.

A study of instructional methods and resources for teaching social studies in elementary and middle school grades with an emphasis on creating an inquiry classroom and designing inquiry-based and project-based curriculum units. Explores the vital role of social studies in a democratic society, teaching critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills. Includes a focus on curricular integration of cultural diversity, global awareness, technology, and integrating children’s and middle grades literature in social studies. Students will also explore teaching skills for reading and writing informational texts in social studies. ELED-428C Inquiry Through the Content Areas Clinical will be taken simultaneously and students will do about 35 hours of clinical teaching in a middle grade social studies classroom.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and (INMD-410 minimum grade of B or EDFN-442 minimum grade of B).

ELED-417. Multicultural Literature And Drama In The Elementary Classroom. 3 Hours.

Develops an in-depth understanding of multicultural literature and its application in the classroom through creative drama techniques which include improvisation, role-play, playmaking and guided imagery. Study, discussion and hands-on application through cooperative learning groups focusing on exploration of theoretical and pedagogical research and their relationship to thinking, listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies. Exploration of the use of visual arts and its application to the multicultural classroom.

ELED-418. Theoretical Implications For Instruction In The Elementary Classroom. 3 Hours.

The contributions of learning psychologists that are applicable to the teaching-learning process; areas explored include implications of learning in curriculum design, instructional methods, educational decisions and in the use of learning resources; relevant for the classroom teacher who attempts to utilize learning concepts in the classroom and in research.

ELED-419. Current Issues In Elementary Language Arts Instruction. 3 Hours.

Developmental of an understanding of principles and techniques of instruction in elementary school language arts; students to investigate research as it relates to the improvement of instruction in language arts.

ELED-428A. Clinical Teaching: Literacy. 1 Hour.

This 50-hour clinical teaching experience involves supervised, graduated, and interactive teaching situations with students in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. This clinical experience has a thematic focus on teaching reading, writing, and speaking. Clinical seminar is integrated into ELED-504 and ELED-435. Students will conduct classroom observations and will spend a minimum of 35 hours teaching one-on-one, in small groups, and with the whole class. A university supervisor will observe students teaching a minimum of two times.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and EDFN-442 minimum grade of B.
Corequisites: ELED-435, ELED-504.

ELED-428B. Clinical Diversity. 1 Hour.

This 50-hour clinical experience involves supervised, graduated, and interactive teaching situations with students in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. This clinical experience has a thematic focus on teaching for human diversity, including cultural, linguistic, English language learners, students with special needs, gender, LGBTQ, and socioeconomic. Clinical seminar is integrated into BLBC-440. Students will conduct classroom observations and will spend a minimum of 35 hours teaching one-on-one, in small groups, and with the whole class. A university supervisor will observe students teaching a minimum of two times. Concurrency with EDFN-406 Human Development & Learning OR SPED-404 Survey of the Field of Special Education.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and (INMD-410 minimum grade of B or EDFN-442 minimum grade of B).
Corequisite: BLBC-440.

ELED-428C. Clinical Teaching: Content Areas. 1 Hour.

This 100-hour clinical teaching experience involves supervised, graduated, and interactive teaching situations with students in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. This clinical experience has a thematic focus on Inquiry Through the Content Areas (mathematics, science, and social studies). This course has seminar integrated into ELED-403 and ELED-415. Students will spend approximately of 35 hours observing and teaching one-on-one, in small groups, and with the whole class in each math, science, and social studies. A university supervisor will observe students teaching a minimum of three times, once per subject.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and (INMD-410 minimum grade of B or EDFN-442 minimum grade of B).
Corequisites: ELED-415, ELED-403.

ELED-429. Internship In Elementary Education. 6 Hours.

Students are engaged in full-time student teaching for the entire semester. With support from their cooperating teacher and university supervisor students gradually increase their classroom responsibilities and then assume complete responsibility for all curriculum planning and teaching for five weeks. Students will design and teach an original intructional unit. In this course students complete their Curriculum Design & Student Learning Project (CLP) and their Teacher as Learner Project (TLP). Students wil be observed a minimum of five times by their university supervisor.
Prerequisites: Completion of all MAT program courses. Passing score on the ICTS Subject Area Test
Passing score on the APT Test. Minimum grade of B or better for all prerequisites.
Corequisite: ELED-430.

ELED-430. Trends And Issues In Assessment. 3 Hours.

Reviews principles of educational testing and evaluation. Explores trends and critcial issues in assessment with emphasis on the teacher's role in relating assessment to instructional objectives. Provides opportunities for students to study assessment strategies and issues specific to the level (elementary or secondary), linguistic-cultural background, and subject-matter area of their teaching or internship assignment.
Corequisite: ELED-429.

ELED-435. Children's And Young Adult Literature. 3 Hours.

Students will read, peruse, and study all genres of diverse literature written for elementary and middle school students, grades 3-8, as well as some appropriate young adult literature. Topics emphasized are: identifying and locating high quality books, evaluating books for appropriate developmental stages, critical reading, integrating literature across the curriculum, designing curriculum with literature, teaching reading with literature, creating classroom libraries, using a wide variety of multicultural and global literature, connecting books to real-world resources, using literature to cover standards, motivating students to read, and appreciating good writing.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and INMD-410 minimum grade of B.
Corequisites: ELED-504, ELED-428A.

ELED-453. Inquiry-Based Social Studies Instruction. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of instructional methods and materials for teaching social studies through inquiry. Explores approaches to promoting children's cognitive and affective knowledge and understanding in the social sciences, including history, current events, and critical thinking skills. The course includes an exploration of teaching for cultural diversity, global awareness, and critical citizenship skills and dispositions, along with a focus on creating an inquiry-based social studies classroom, the teacher as a creator of curriculum and an in-depth examination of the literature within the field of social studies education.

ELED-504. Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with an in-depth exploration of Writer’s Workshop and the theory, best practices, curriculum design and materials used in writing in the K-8 school setting. Candidates will engage in writing in a variety of genres using the Writing Workshop model. The course addresses differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and INMD-410 minimum grade of B.
Corequisites: ELED-435, ELED-428A.

ELED-506. Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers. 3 Hours.

A general survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods in educational research. The aim of this course is to develop candidates’ abilities to design and conduct classroom-based inquiry related to teaching and learning. This course is designed to make candidates knowledgeable consumers of academic research. The survey of methods includes; a brief analysis of paradigms in qualitative and quantitative research, a discussion of the inquiry process, and an synthesis of research designs including; survey, narrative, experimental, ethnographic, correlation, case study, and action research. Action research design is discussed in details. This course is the first course in the sequence of 3 research courses (ELED-506, ELED-507, ELED-508).

ELED-507. Action Research Design Seminar. 1 Hour.

Candidates will design an action research plan that involves identifying a significant problem related to student learning in their current classroom. Candidates will locate and review relevant research on the designated problem, and design an intervention plan that will allow the candidate to examine the impact of instructional procedures or interventions on student learning. Candidates will develop reflective decision-making in using data to improve learning in elementary classrooms.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and ELED-525 minimum grade of B and ELED-520 minimum grade of B and BLBC-439 minimum grade of B.

ELED-508. Action Research Project. 3 Hours.

This course guides students through finalizing their action research design, implementing that design, collecting data, analyzing their data, and writing their action research paper. Students will implement their action research project in their classroom with a focus on understanding the process of data collection and analysis. Students will write their project as a major paper (including the literature study they completed in ELED-507 Action Research Design Seminar), and formally present their project as a PowerPoint to the class. This is a thesis-model hybrid course with some of the work and feedback given online and in conferences with the Instructor.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and ELED-525 minimum grade of B and ELED-520 minimum grade of B and BLBC-439 minimum grade of B and ELED-507 minimum grade of B.

ELED-520. Curriculum And Inquiry. 3 Hours.

This course is an overview of curriculum theory, development, design, and implementation for the experienced classroom teacher. The focus is on understanding the theory and practice of inquiry-based and project-based curriculum across subject disciplines, authentic literacy, and finding and using interesting and diverse real-world resources. Course emphasis is also on the history of curriculum development and schooling; and creating multicultural, critical, and creative curriculum that integrates technology, the arts, critical thinking, and standards. Students will critique and analyze their school curriculum and resources, and design curricular units for their own classroom.
Prerequisites: ELED-506 minimum grade of B and ELED-525 minimum grade of B.

ELED-525. New Literacies For The 21st Century. 3 Hours.

This course explores how the ideas and understandings of “literacy” have changed and evolved over the past century, the new literacies that are vital to life in the 21st century, and strategies for teaching those literacies. This course develops an understanding of designing curriculum and strategies for teaching critical thinking skills; collaboration; problem solving skills; media, technology, and information literacy; creativity and imagination; innovative thinking; civic, multicultural, and global literacy; critical literacy; environmental literacy; and systems thinking. The course will begin to study the theory and practice of inquiry-based, project-based, and problem-based teaching and learning, as well interdisciplinary curriculum and different forms of 21st century assessment, such as student exhibitions and presentations.
Prerequisite: ELED-506 minimum grade of B or INMD-410 minimum grade of B.