Education

The mission of the Department of Education is to educate teachers and administrators to act as competent, effective, and knowledgeable facilitators of learning disposed to using technology and research practices to enhance K-12 education; to create a community of learners responsive to the developmental and social needs of diverse learners; to respond to those needs; and to advocate for change from the local to the global levels. The Department of Education resides within the Division of Education. The programs offered by the unit meet University requirements for graduation, as well as the certification requirements of the Florida Department of Education.

The Department of Education at Stetson University is accredited by:

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
202-466-7496

NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. This accreditation covers undergraduate preparation programs in elementary education/ESOL K-6, K-12 programs in music, and graduate preparation programs in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, and elementary education. See Graduate Education in the Department of Education for detailed information on graduate programs.

Responsibility for education programs within the unit rests with the Chair of the Department of Education. The Undergraduate and Graduate Councils review program requirements, recommend policy and procedures, monitor student progress, and serve as a board of appeal for students seeking exceptions to established policy.

Admittance to undergraduate programs is determined by the Undergraduate Council. The Council considers numerous factors prior to making a determination of admittance. Admission may be contingent upon availability of space within the program. All students should apply for admission at the Undergraduate Education Office during the first semester of their tenure at Stetson.

Admittance to graduate programs of study is determined by the Graduate Admissions Council. A description of graduate programs appears in the graduate section of this Catalog.

More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/academics/programs/education.php.

The Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform

The Nina B. Hollis Institute at Stetson University, established in 2000, resides within the Department of Education. It serves as a catalyst to improve pre-K-20 education through inquiry, research, and professional practice. Through a network of Professional Development Schools and other networks, the Institute works collaboratively with educators, families, businesses, universities, and policy-makers for the advancement of teaching and learning. Among its goals are developing exemplary practices to maximize student outcomes, providing optimum sites for pre-service teacher training, offering connected in-service teacher professional development, and fostering reflective inquiry to enhance teacher and student learning and development. Through dissemination and consultations, the Institute broadens its reach to positively impact education at the state and national levels.

Undergraduate Degrees and State Certifications

The Department of Education offers state-approved programs in elementary education/ESOL K-6 and K-12 programs in music. The Elementary Education/ESOL K-6 program provides ESOL endorsement, as mandated by the State of Florida.

In addition to its approved certification programs, the Department offers certain courses accepted by the Florida Department of Education for Florida certification. For specific courses, consult with the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Education program, a student must:

  1. complete an application for admission to a program of study leading to certification;
  2. complete a Candidate Acknowledgement of Professional Expectations;
  3. present a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all college work taken at Stetson;
  4. present a grade of C or higher for the general education Foundations: Writing requirement. If a student is unable to present a grade of C or higher for this course, a grade of C or higher must be presented for an approved English course;
  5. meet communications requirement with a grade of C or higher in one of the approved communication courses, or present speech recommendations from three professors;
  6. present a passing score on all areas of the General Knowledge (GK) Test. If the GK is the only admission criterion not completed, the student may appeal for a one semester extension; the student must pass the GK during the appeal semester;
  7. earn a grade of C or better in EDUC 245H, EDUC 255S, EDUC 265, and all other professional education courses;
  8. present a minimum 2.5 grade point average in specialization courses (major field of study);
  9. complete a successful interview with members of the Undergraduate Council, if a review of performance in foundation courses suggests weaknesses;
  10. join Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA) (or, for music students, the American Choral Directors Association, ACDA, or Collegiate National Association for Music Education, or CNAfME);
  11. follow the degree audit planner (ALL students MUST meet with their education advisor every semester);
  12. obtain a copy of The Undergraduate Student Handbook;
  13. purchase a subscription to LiveText (department student management and assessment system).

Note: At any checkpoint within the student’s program, if there is a concern about the student’s appropriate progress, the student may be required to meet with an education faculty committee before continuing in the program. Background checks are required prior to any field placement.

Admission Review by the Undergraduate Council

After considering all of these requirements, the Undergraduate Council will determine whether an individual student will be admitted. The Council may choose not to admit a student based on an interview, even though other requirements have been satisfied. Admission also may be contingent upon availability of space within the program.

Students should apply for admission to Education at the Undergraduate Education Office during the first semester of their first year. Transfer students must apply during the first semester of their residence.

Admission to Student Teaching

Eligibility requirements for student teaching include the following:

  1. gain admittance into the Approved Education Program;
  2. achieve satisfactory progress in each of the following: Danielson Domains, Reading Competencies, ESOL Domains;
  3. meet expectations on Assessment of Professional Expectations;
  4. complete the Student Teaching Application;
  5. complete the Student Teaching Placement Packet;
  6. provide evidence of a passing score on all of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), Professional Exam, and Subject Area Exam, in teaching major;
  7. earn a grade of “C” or better in professional education courses;
  8. earn a grade point average of 2.5 or better in major content area and overall;
  9. obtain a satisfactory behavior recommendation from the Office of Campus Life at Stetson;
  10. pass drug screening and fingerprinting clearance, as required by county school boards.

Exit Requirements

In order to graduate from the University with a degree in elementary education, a student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:

  1. earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better;
  2. earn a grade of C or better in professional education courses;
  3. earn a grade point average of 2.5 or better in content teaching area;
  4. demonstrate satisfactory performance in each of the following: Danielson Domains, Reading Competencies, ESOL Domains;
  5. demonstrate professional dispositions in all coursework and field experiences as outlined by the program;

For information on graduate degrees in Education, see the Graduate Programs/Arts and Sciences.

Minor in Education - 5 units

The Minor in Education prepares students to understand better the roots of educational issues, such as the purposes of education, the motivational atmosphere in which learning takes place, and areas of difficulty often encountered by students in schools today. This minor is not designed to satisfy the requirements for teacher certification in Florida.

To declare this minor, the student must have an advisor in the Department of Education, in addition to his/her major advisor.

Requirements
EDUC 245HSocial Foundations of Education1
EDUC 255SEducational Psychology1
EDUC 265Principles and Methods of Instruction for Diverse Learners1
EDUC 302Improving Reading and Writing Skills in the Middle/Secondary School1
EDUC 305DCultural Diversity Education1
Total Units5

Coggins, Patrick C.
Professor of Education, 1991
B.S., Springfield College
M.S., Southern Connecticut State University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Colwell, Christopher
Associate Professor and Chair of Education, 2011
B.A., M.Ed., Stetson University
Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Duvall, Frances
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, 2014
B.S., Florida Southern College
M.Ed., Rollins College
Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Epley, B. Glen
Professor of Education, 2007
B.S., M.Ed., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Ph.D., Duke University

Heins, Elizabeth D.
Professor of Education, 1981
Nina B. Hollis Chair of Educational Reform, 2000
B.A., Florida Technological University
M.E., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Mundy, Joyce
Assistant Professor of Education, 2015
B.A., Cabrini College
M.Ed., Immaculate University
Ed.D., Widener University

Oslick, Mary Ellen
Assistant Professor of Education, 2014
B.A., M.A.T., Trinity University
Ph.D., University of Florida

Parks, Melissa
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, 2014
B.S., Westfield State College
M.Ed., University of Central Florida
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Piechura-Couture, Kathy Jo
Professor of Education, 1993
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida

Shankar-Brown, Rajni
Associate Professor of Education, 2013
B.A., George Mason University
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Strebel, Carine
Assistant Professor of Education, 2012
B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Tichenor, Mercedes
Professor of Education, 1996
B.A., Baylor University
M.S., The Florida State University
Ed.D., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Touchton, Debra
Associate Professor of Education, 2000
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida

EDUC 133. Technology in the Classroom. 1 Unit.

Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge on the use of technology in education. It introduces the use of technology as a teacher productivity tool, an instructional tool, and a learning tool.

EDUC 185. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Explores in greater depth aspects of materials treated in basic courses. Projects must be approved by Department Chair.

EDUC 190. Special Topics in Education. 1 Unit.

EDUC 245H. Social Foundations of Education. 1 Unit.

Introductory course. Examines historical, philosophical, and social forces affecting education. Includes systematic observation in public schools.

EDUC 255S. Educational Psychology. 1 Unit.

Examines principles of psychology as they apply to education with an emphasis on the use of theory and research to improve instruction. Topics typically include: theories of development, theories of learning, motivation, assessment and evaluation. Field experience with background check required.

EDUC 265. Principles and Methods of Instruction for Diverse Learners. 1 Unit.

Introductory course. Provides a foundation for 300- and 400-leve coursework in education for diverse populations. Emphasis will include research-based literature on learning and teacher effectiveness; grouping for instruction; classroom management; general methods of implementing curriculum in the classroom. Includes systematic observation in schools. Field experience with background check required.

EDUC 275D. Human Exceptionalities. 1 Unit.

Provides students with an orientation to the field of human exceptionality. It is designed to present the problems involved in educating school-aged populations classified as exceptional students, familiarize students with the various classifications of exceptionalities, and examine the services provided for handicapped individuals in society. Field placements within schools or other service related agencies are required. Field experience with background check required.

EDUC 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Explores in greater depth aspects of materials treated in basic courses. Projects must be approved by Department Chair.

EDUC 290. Special Topics in Education. 1 Unit.

EDUC 300. ESOL Principles and Practices. 1 Unit.

Provides a comprehensive foundation in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) standards and competencies based on Florida mandates. Theory and practice focus on culture, language and linguistics, methods of teaching ESOL, ESOL curriculum and materials development, and assessment. Prerequisite: EDUC 265 with a grade of C or higher.

EDUC 301. Reading in the Primary Grades. 1 Unit.

Focuses on the development of literacy in grades K-3. Examines research on teacher effectiveness and reading; provides an overview of various approaches to teaching reading; and emphasizes skill development in areas of phonological awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Integrates methods of incorporating music, art, drama, and movement into the primary (K-3) curriculum in ways that support and enhance acquisition of the curricular content. Prerequisite: EDUC 265. Restricted to education majors only.

EDUC 302. Improving Reading and Writing Skills in the Middle/Secondary School. 1 Unit.

Studies diagnostic tests, the causes of reading difficulties, and techniques for improving study habits and reading skills. Students are provided with a broad background of information, knowledge, and understanding of reading skills that are essential to increasing reading proficiency across the content areas. For music education students and education minors.

EDUC 305D. Cultural Diversity Education. 1 Unit.

Provides perspectives, theories and strategies in cultural diversity, cultural sensitivity and multicultural education. Prepares students to work effectively with English Language Learners students and students from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Provides students with knowledge and skills for managing cultural diversity in the work or school environment.

EDUC 306. Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Handicaps, Elementary. 1 Unit.

Focuses on specialized approaches to teaching academic, social, and behavioral skills to students with mild disabilities in an elementary setting. Requires a seven-week internship teaching students who have mild handicaps (e.g., learning disabled, emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled). Required for certification in exceptional student education. EDUC 306 and EDUC 307 are taken as a block. Prerequisites: EDUC 255S and EDUC 265.

EDUC 307. Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Handicaps, Middle/Secondary. 1 Unit.

Focuses on modifying curricula lesson planning and developing curricula for mildly handicapped students in the middle or secondary school. Covers specialized approaches to teaching academic, social and behavioral skills to students with mild disabilities. Requires a seven-week internship teaching students who have mild handicaps (e.g., learning disabled, emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled). EDUC 306 and EDUC 307 are taken as a block. Prerequisites: EDUC 255S and EDUC 265.

EDUC 308. Nature and Needs of Mildly Handicapped Students. 1 Unit.

Deals with characteristics, methods, and techniques appropriate for students who are learning disabled, emotionally handicapped, and educable mentally handicapped. Curriculum materials, including current innovations and trends, will be presented.

EDUC 310. Methods of Integrating Arts in the Elementary School. 1 Unit.

Teaches methods of incorporating music, art, drama, and movement into the elementary curriculum in ways that support and enhance acquisition of the curricular content.

EDUC 313. Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English Learners. 1 Unit.

This course deals with the basic systematic and subsystematic organization of language (phonology, morphology, and syntax), pragmatics, discourse, first and second language acquisition, language variation, and the development of literacy in a second language. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 12 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. EDUC 313, EDUC 314, EDUC 315, EDUC 316, and EDUC 393 are taken as a block.

EDUC 314. Reading in the Intermediate Grades. 1 Unit.

Covers developmental and content reading difficulties of students in grades 4 through 6 in relation to what the classroom teacher can do directly and which problems need professional help. Students are provided with a broad background of information, knowledge and understanding of reading skills that are essential to increasing reading proficiency across the content areas. EDUC 313, EDUC 314, EDUC 315, EDUC 316, and EDUC 393 are taken as a block.

EDUC 315. Language Arts and Literature for Children. 1 Unit.

Examines the theory/methodology for teaching language arts and literature at the elementary school level with emphasis on teaching strategies for integrating listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and visually representing activities and methods of incorporating music, art, drama, and movement into the elementary curriculum in ways that support and enhance acquisition of the curricular content. Includes observation/participation in school settings. EDUC 313, EDUC 314, EDUC 315, EDUC 316, and EDUC 393 are taken as a block.

EDUC 316. Assessment and Evaluation of Learning. 1 Unit.

Examines concepts and skills related to designing, administering, evaluating, interpreting, applying, and communicating results of classroom tests to include both performance and objective assessments. This course will also examine concepts and skills in administering, interpreting, applying, and communicating results of standardized assessments. Emphasis will be on the use of assessment tools to improve instruction and student achievement.

EDUC 318. Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 1 Unit.

Presents teaching strategies that are effective with speakers of English as a second language. The material of the course will include appropriate ESOL strategies in content (mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies) instruction.

EDUC 319. ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development. 1 Unit.

Presents appropriate curricula and curricular materials that enhance the ability of ESOL/ELL students to acquire English and other content area knowledge. Second language acquisition theory and principles and research in curriculum and materials development are examined.

EDUC 320. Testing and Evaluation in ESOL. 1 Unit.

Introduces issues of language testing. Examines informal and formal assessment and evaluation strategies. Opportunities to design and develop assessment instruments for learners of English as a second language are presented.

EDUC 321. Mathematics in the Elementary School. 1 Unit.

Focuses on the theory and methods for teaching mathematics in the elementary school; includes observation and participation in school settings. Integrates methods of incorporating music, art, drama, and movement into the elementary curriculum in ways that support and enhance acquisition of the curricular content. EDUC 321, EDUC 322, EDUC 394, EDUC 424, and EDUC 499 are taken as a block.

EDUC 322. Natural and Social Sciences in the Elementary School. 1 Unit.

Uses the National Science Education Standards, through a constructivist perspective, to guide the presentation of methods and materials for teaching science and health. Methods for integrating the six social studies are guided by the National Council for the Social Studies. Strategies for teaching global awareness, democratic citizenship, and values are included. This course integrates methods of incorporating music, art, drama, and movement into the elementary curriculum in ways that support and enhance acquisition of the curricular content. EDUC 321, EDUC 322, EDUC 394, EDUC 424, and EDUC 499 are taken as a block.

EDUC 331. Special Methods in the Middle and Secondary School. 1 Unit.

Examines the preparation, presentation, and evaluation of materials, including ESOL strategies, used in teaching particular secondary or K-12 school subjects. A field component is required.

EDUC 334. Topics in Technology. 1 Unit.

Focuses on the uses of instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning. Topics may include in-depth study of media resources, webpage design, video production, or other emerging technologies.

EDUC 361. Special Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages K-12. 1 Unit.

Engages students in curriculum materials, teaching techniques, observations on and off campus, and use of instructional media in the foreign language classroom. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the target language or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 368. Field Experiences Abroad. 1 Unit.

Uses off-campus settings to examine various educational systems around the world. Through readings, field placements in local schools, participation in various lectures, fieldtrips, and classroom experiences prior to the date of departure, this course will provide students a unique cultural perspective on various educational systems.

EDUC 369. Field Experiences Away. 1 Unit.

Uses off-campus locations to examine different educational settings. Through readings, field placements in local schools, participation in various lectures, fieldtrips, and classroom experiences prior to the date of departure, this course will provide students a unique perspective in different educational settings.

EDUC 370J. Celebrating Diversity: Examining Populations on the Fringe of Society. 1 Unit.

Examines through film, literature, case studies and field experience the educational and societal implications of poverty, ethnicity, and gender. Junior Seminar.

EDUC 371D. Using Children’s Books to Develop Critical Thinking. 1 Unit.

Focuses on the study of the various genres of literature for children with emphasis upon criteria for selecting and interpreting quality material to develop children’s understandings of differences among people and viewpoints. Junior Seminar.

EDUC 372E. Authentic Educating. 1 Unit.

Studies the aims of educational philosophy to help students understand their own philosophic perspective and move toward authenticity in their lives. Junior Seminar.

EDUC 373J. Social, Emotional and Vocational Needs of Individuals with Disabilities. 1 Unit.

Provides students with knowledge and experience in working with individuals with exceptionalities. It focuses on both the vocational and recreational aspects of independent living. Junior Seminar.

EDUC 374J. Educational Systems Around the World: Promoting or Inhibiting Social Justice?. 1 Unit.

Examines how issues of social justice are connected to educational structures and systems in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Junior Seminar.

EDUC 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Explores in greater depth aspects of materials treated in basic courses. Projects must be approved by Department Chair.

EDUC 390. Special Topics in Education. 1 Unit.

EDUC 392. Professional Music Educator. 0.5 Units.

Focuses on classroom management and the multiple roles of the teacher. Continued development and experience with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, portfolio development, and technology integration will be emphasized. Various school-based experiences for students to work with individual learners, small groups, and whole classes in various school-based experiences are required. EDUC 392 is for music majors only.

EDUC 393. Professional Educator I. 0.5 Units.

Examines the professional standards of teaching (Accomplished Practices, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, and the Florida Sunshine State Standards) and integrates technology into teaching. Students will be required to develop an electronic professional portfolio that addresses the Florida teaching standards. Students will also explore the use of technology for classroom application. EDUC 313, EDUC 314, EDUC 315, EDUC 316, and EDUC 393 are taken as a block.

EDUC 394. Professional Educator II. 0.5 Units.

Focuses on classroom management and the multiple roles of the teacher. Continued development and experience with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, portfolio development, and technology integration will be emphasized. Various school-based experiences for students to work with individual learners, small groups, and whole classes in various school-based experiences are required. EDUC 321, EDUC 322, EDUC 394, EDUC 424, and EDUC 499 are taken as a block.

EDUC 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. This is a course designed to give the student insights into the methodological aspects of teaching a class in K-12 Education. It will consist in class observations, goals and strategies discussions with the instructor, and some teaching responsibilities in and out of the classroom. Permission of the instructor only.

EDUC 397. Internship in Education. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

EDUC 401. Nature and Needs of the Gifted. 1 Unit.

Focuses on definition and diagnosis of children who are gifted, including current innovations and trends in curriculum. This course is required for students completing an additional endorsement in Gifted Education.

EDUC 402. Educational Procedures and Curriculum for the Gifted. 1 Unit.

Presents curricular material and strategies for gifted and creative students. Learning models in curriculum building are investigated. Attention is given to characteristics, problems and needs of gifted students, including special populations, as they relate to curriculum development. Emphasizes learning styles, self-awareness and motivation plus the development of creative potential. Prerequisites: Recommended but not required: EDUC 401.

EDUC 403. Guidance and Counseling of Gifted Students. 1 Unit.

Studies the theoretical basis of counseling and the special tasks of counseling children identified as gifted as well as their families. Required course for endorsement in Gifted Education.

EDUC 404. Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students. 1 Unit.

Focuses on an overview of theory, research and practical suggestions about education of special populations of gifted students, (e.g., minorities, emotionally handicapped, learning disabled, physically handicapped, sensory handicapped and speech impaired). The aim is to sketch several definitions of giftedness, then to apply these to special populations and apply this knowledge to the classroom.

EDUC 405. Theory and Development of Creativity. 1 Unit.

Examines theory, research and practical suggestions about creativity that are of value to classroom teachers. The aim is to define creativity from various theoretical models, then to survey various instruments to identify and apply this knowledge to the classroom.

EDUC 424. Assessment and Differentiation of Reading Instruction. 1 Unit.

Builds on skills developed in EDUC 314 and EDUC 315 and field experiences in teaching reading and writing to elementary school students. Use of diagnostic prescriptive techniques in identifying and correcting reading problems, along with early intervention strategies. EDUC 321, EDUC 322, EDUC 394, EDUC 424, and EDUC 499 are taken as a block.

EDUC 429. Senior Intern Seminar. 1 Unit.

Uses a general methods seminar to provide a culminating experience for pre-service teachers. Content is based on best practices research in education. Students develop materials and teaching units/projects for implementation in classroom settings. Legal/ethical issues, crisis intervention, and professionalism are addressed. EDUC 429, EDUC 430, and EDUC 474 are taken as a block.

EDUC 430. Student Teaching. 2 Units.

Provides a direct, substantial, and full-day teaching experience for a minimum of 12 weeks in elementary, middle, or secondary schools. Application required one semester in advance of enrolling in EDUC 429, EDUC 430, and EDUC 474. EDUC 429, EDUC 430, and EDUC 474 are taken as a block.

EDUC 474. Educational Management of Exceptional Students. 1 Unit.

Describes methods of classroom organization, behavior management strategies, and collaboration/consultation skills. EDUC 429, EDUC 430, and EDUC 474 are taken as a block.

EDUC 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Explores in greater depth aspects of materials treated in basic courses. Projects must be approved by Department Chair.

EDUC 490. Special Topics in Education. 1 Unit.

EDUC 495. Seminars. 0.5 to 1 Units.

Topical seminars concentrating on particular aspects of educational programs.

EDUC 499. Senior Project. 1 Unit.

Engages students, in collaboration with the instructor, in projects that connect educational theory with classroom practice. The outcome should enhance students’ ability to evaluate educational issues in depth and to communicate that knowledge orally and in writing. EDUC 321, EDUC 322, EDUC 394, EDUC 424, and EDUC 499 are taken as a block.