Course Descriptions

The Department of Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School offers a variety of programs in Instruction in Subject Areas K-12.

Students registering for Instruction in Subject Areas K-12 programs must have a G.P.A. of 2.75 and a “B-” or better in Comm 1402, Eng 1030, and EMSE 2801. Students are also required to take and pass a speech examination. Students must have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or better combined, from Kean plus all transfer credits, and must have been formally admitted into the education program, to register for EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, 3801, 4801, Educ 3401, 3000, 4000 and for the electives EMSE 3122 and EMSE 3112.

Students must earn a “B-” or higher in each education course in order to register for EMSE 4801. Grades below a “B-” must be remediated before students enroll in EMSE 4801. The added course credit will be counted as extra credit beyond the required 30 credits for the program. In addition, the academic major must be maintained with a “B” or better (allowance for two “Cs”).

 


EMSE 3121 Experiences in Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics (3)

Examination of the role of geometry in the elementary school mathematics program through an experiential and reflective approach to familiarize students with basic geometric concepts and their application to contemporary mathematics problems.

EMSE 3123 Mathematics and Science in Education (3)

Inquiry into the nature and content of elementary mathematics and science and implications for teaching; the use of visual, manipulative, and computer materials; learning theories pertaining to mathematics and science education; and current programs and materials.
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A., and a “B-” or better in at least one course in college mathematics, one course in laboratory science, and EMSE 2800.

EMSE 3140 Social Studies and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)

Examination of the objectives of elementary school social studies, teaching strategies and materials, programs, community resources, contemporary issues, and evaluation.
Prerequisite: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A., “B-” or better in EMSE 2800.
Corequisites: EDUC 3000, EDUC 3400, EMSE 3123, EMSE 3800. Writing Emphasis Course

EMSE 3300 Middle School Curriculum and Philosophy (3)

Philosophy, objectives, materials, and techniques appropriate for teaching middle school students in the specific areas of specialization. For a Middle School endorsement on an elementary education certificate. 
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 GPA
Corequisites: EMSE 3802

EMSE 3410 Teaching Techniques for Bilingual/Bicultural Classrooms (3)

Examination and evaluation of alternative methods and techniques for teaching content areas to bilingual/bicultural students in a multicultural-multiethnic environment through hands-on and cooperative group experiences using English and the target languages of the learners.
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A.
Required for Bilingual Education majors.


EMSE 3903 English Language Learners in American Schools (1)

Introduction to strategies and techniques for facilitating instruction and language acquisition of English Language Learners in general program/mainstream classrooms.
 

EMSE 4440 Introduction to Bilingual Education (3)

Examination of the history, legislation and concepts of bilingual education throughout the nation and neighboring countries. Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A. Required for Bilingual Education majors.
Writing Emphasis Course

EMSE 4441 History and Culture of the Limited English Proficient Student (3)

Examination of the historical and experiential background, the socio-linguistic and cultural heritage, the resultant mental set of the limited English proficient student, and the use of computer materials as culture awareness assimilators.
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A.
Required for Bilingual Education majors.


INDEPENDENT STUDY, SERVICE PROGRAMS

 

EMSE 3900 Education and Community Institution: S.C.A.T.E. (3)

An invitation to students to consider the nature, aims, and methods of community institutions in the education of our citizens. Field experience arranged under the auspices of the Student Committee for Advancement Through Education
(S.C.A.T.E.).

EMSE 3901 Student Involvement and Educational Governance (3)

A formal introduction to prevalent issues in higher education and other educational institutions. Weekend seminar off-campus, participation in University community or community service.

EMSE 3902 Student Participation in University Governance (3)

Student participation in group decision-making by University governance or advisory committees. Relationship of such actions to the total governance of the University and the New Jersey Division of Higher Education.

EMSE 4910 Independent Study in Instruction, Curriculum and Administration (3)

Intensive study in area of elementary and/or secondary education or educational foundations, carried on individually under the guidance of a faculty member in education. Open only to seniors enrolled in elementary and secondary education programs with permission of instructor and department chairperson.

 

INSTRUCTION IN SUBJECT AREAS-K-12, EMPHASIS GRADES 7-12

These courses do not meet elementary education major requirements.

EMSE 3210 English Education K-12 (3)

An introduction to the teaching of English in grades K-12. Topics include the processes of language arts and literature, technology in writing and research, language and literacy instruction, English curricula, and the influence of media.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A, “B-” or better in EMSE 2801.
Corequisite: EMSE 3801.
Writing Emphasis Course


EMSE 3220 Mathematics Education K-12 (3)

Philosophy, objectives, and techniques of teaching mathematics in the public school. Overview of mathematics curriculum K-12; impact of technology on the mathematics classroom; production and critique of classroom instructional materials; microteaching. 
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A, and “B-” or better in EMSE 2801.
Corequisite: EMSE 3801.
Writing Emphasis Course


EMSE 3230 Science Education K-12 (3)

An introduction to the teaching of science in grades K-12. Topics include the process of science, science technology and society; and science teaching, science curricula and the use of computers in science education.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A, and “B-” or better in EMSE 2801.
Corequisite: EMSE 3801.
Writing Emphasis Course


EMSE 3240 Social Studies Education K-12 (3)

Structure and interrelationships of the components of social studies, the objectives and curricular patterns of social studies K-12, skills development and affective learning particular to social studies. Overview of teaching techniques and materials appropriate for social studies K-12 with an emphasis on middle and high school teaching.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A, and “B-” or better in EMSE 2801.
Corequisite: EMSE 3801.
Writing Emphasis Course


EMSE 3250 Foreign Language Education K-12 (3)

Theories and applications of teaching foreign languages K-12, with varied values, objectives, and curriculum patterns, utilizing process and problem-solving approaches.
Prerequisite: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A.
Corequisite: EMSE 3801.
Writing Emphasis Course


K-12 CURRICULUM AND METHODS

 

EMSE 3112 Children’s Literature in Education (3)

Study of children’s literature with special emphasis on multicultural literature and literature that treats exceptionalities. A
cross-section of genre, thematic unit development, and collaborative literature discussion groups, with multimedia.
Prerequisite: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A.

EMSE 3122 Computers in Education (3)

A broad-based course on the use of computers in the classroom and for personal use. Topics include the history of computers, computer terminology, application of software, multimedia and the internet.
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A.

EMSE 3420 Theory and Practice of Teaching English as a Second Language I (3)

Introduction to the linguistics method, materials and techniques of teaching English as a Second Language.
Prerequisites: Declared major, 2.75 G.P.A.

EMSE 3421 Theory and Practice of Teaching English as a Second Language II (3)

Teaching, testing, and planning in the ESL classroom.
Prerequisite: EMSE 3420. 

FIELD EXPERIENCE

 

EMSE 2800 Exploring Teaching/Laboratory Experiences in Multicultural Elementary School Classrooms (K-5) (3)

Introduction to teaching in multicultural, inclusive urban and suburban elementary schools including six day-long observations. Students write their initial philosophy of education and begin their professional portfolio.
Prerequisites: 2.75 G.P.A.; B- in ENG 1030 and COMM 1402.

EMSE 2801 Introductory Field Experiences in Subject Area Instruction K-12 (3)

Introduction to the practice of teaching in urban and suburban schools; to the profession of teaching; and to the purposes, operations, and effects of diverse and inclusive schools, with six all-day visitations. Of EMSE 2800 and 2801, students may take only one of the two choices for credit.
Prerequisites: 2.75 G.P.A., B- or better in ENG 1030 and COMM 1402.

EMSE 2802 Exploring Teaching/Laboratory Experiences in Multicultural Middle School Classrooms (5-8) (3)

Introduction to teaching in multicultural, inclusive, urban and suburban middle schools, including six day-long observations. Students write their initial philosophy of education and begin their professional portfolio.
Prerequisites: 2.75 GPA; B- in ENG 1030 and COMM 1402
 

EMSE 3800 Preprofessional Field Experience (2)

Fifteen days spent in observing and participating in an elementary classroom with focus on planning and teaching techniques, and patterns in the major curriculum areas.
Prerequisites: Declared major, completion of 65 hours of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.; EDUC 3000, 3400 for Elementary Education and EDUC 3000 and 3403 for Bilingual Option.
Corequisites: EMSE 3123, 3140
Corequisites for Bilingual Option: EMSE 3410, 4441.


EMSE 3801 Preprofessional Field Experiences in Instruction in Subject Areas K-12 (2)

Fifteen full days, or thirty half days, spent in observing and participating in a middle school or high school classroom with focus on goals and objectives, planning and teaching strategies, and curriculum patterns in the student’s subject area of specialization.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, completion of 65 hours of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A., EDUC 3000 and 3401.
Corequisite: Junior methods course in subject area of instruction EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, or 3250


EMSE 3802 Preprofessional Field Experiences in Middle School 5-8 (2)

Fifteen days spent observing and participating in a middle school classroom with a focus on planning and teaching techniques, goals and objectives, and curricula in the area of specialization.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, completion of 65 hours of coursework, 2.75 GPA. EDUC 3000 and 3400 or 3401. 
Corequisites: EMSE 3300

 

Note: The 10-credit Professional Internship courses EMSE 4800 and EMSE 4801 are to be taken by students who began their career in university prior to September 1, 2005. Students who began their university career on or after September 1, 2005 are required to take a 9-credit Professional Internship course, EMSE 4810, EMSE 4811 or EMSE 4812.


EMSE 4800 Professional Internship (10)

A full-semester, full-time, supervised teaching experience in elementary school classrooms with opportunity to observe specialists in physical education, health, art, music, speech and reading.
Prerequisites: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3123, 3140; EDUC 3000, 3400; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.
Co-requisite: EMSE 4900 Required: For all majors in Elementary Education; Elementary Education, Bilingual Option
Prerequisites for Bilingual Option: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3410, 4441; EDUC 3000, 3403; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.


EMSE 4801 Professional Internship for Subject Area Teachers, K-12 (9)

A full-semester, full-time, supervised teaching experience in English, foreign language, mathematics, science or social studies. 
Prerequisites: EMSE 2801, 3801; EDUC 3000, 3401, and one of the following: EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, or 3250, and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.
Corequisite: EDUC 4000. Required: For all students seeking K-12 subject area certification.


EMSE 4810 Professional Internship (9)

A full-semester, full-time, supervised teaching experience in elementary school classrooms with opportunity to observe specialists in physical education, health, art, music, speech and reading. 
Prerequisites: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3123, 3140; EDUC 3000, 3400; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.
Co-requisite: EMSE 4900
Required: For all majors in Elementary Education; Elementary Education, Bilingual Option
Prerequisites for Bilingual Option: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3410, 4441; EDUC 3000, 3403; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.


EMSE 4811 Professional Internship for Subject Area Teachers, K-12 (9)

A full-semester, full-time, supervised teaching experience in English, foreign language, mathematics, science or social studies. 
Prerequisites: EMSE 2801, 3801, EDUC 3000, 3401 and one of the following: EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, or 3250, and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, passing score on appropriate Praxis exams, 2.75 G.P.A.
Co-requisite: EDUC 4000
Required: For all students seeking K-12 subject area certification who started after September 1, 2005
Prerequisites for Bilingual Option: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3410, 4441; EDUC 3000, 3403; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.


EMSE 4812 Professional Field Experiences in Middle School 5-8 (9)

A full-semester, full-time, supervised teacher candidate teaching experience in a middle school classroom in one of the following disciplines: English, Spanish, mathematics, science, or social studies.
Prerequisites: EDUC 3000, 3400, EMSE 3140, EMSE 3123, EMSE 3800, all with B- or better; Passing grade on the General Knowledge Praxis Exam
Co-requisite: EMSE 4900
Required: Option for teacher candidates seeking K-5 certification with 5-8 endorsement. Required for CAMS scholars.
Prerequisites for Bilingual Option: EMSE 2800, 3800, 3410, 4441; EDUC 3000, 3403; and completion of 95 s.h. of coursework, 2.75 G.P.A.

 

 

EMSE 4804 Field Experiences in a Bilingual/Multicultural Setting (3)

Individualized projects carried out by means of observations and visits to schools and community agencies functioning in a bilingual setting and serving a bilingual population; analysis of the results and ideas culled from these experiences shared during class meetings. Those teaching will use their own schools and communities as the basis for their observations. For those not teaching, school placements will be arranged.

EMSE 4900 Senior Seminar (3)

Reflective study of teaching and curriculum, with emphasis on the professional internship in multicultural, inclusive classrooms. Student portfolios showcased. Taken with EMSE 4800 during evening hours.
Prerequisites: EMSE 2800, 3123, 3140, 3800; EDUC 3000, 3400. For Bilingual Option: EMSE 2800, 3410, 4441, 3800; EDUC 3000, 3403. Corequisite: EMSE 4800.

FOUNDATIONS

 

EMSE 4020 Historical Perspectives in American Education (3)

Examination of the impact of humanistic thought and cultural pluralism in the formation of educational policy.

EMSE 4022 Education and Social Change (3)

Examination of the forces which shape and are modified by the educational process. Discovery of the ways this happens. Where appropriate, applications for the improvement of the educational process.

EDUCATION

 

EDUC 3000 Curriculum, Evaluation and the Learner (3)

Principles of curriculum, concepts of evaluation, characteristics of learners, and the interrelationships among these principles, concepts, and characteristics.
Prerequisite: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A., EMSE 2800 or 2801.
Required: Of all students seeking initial teaching certification.


EDUC 3400 Language Arts/Reading in the Preschool and Elementary Curriculum (3)

Theory and practice of teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar with topics appropriate to the grade level and content. Emphasis will be on the development of a literature-based, integrated approach to the language arts.
Required: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A., for all under-graduate initial certification students in the Elementary and Early Childhood Programs.

EDUC 3401 Language Arts/Reading in K-12 Subject Area Teaching (3)

Theory and Practice of teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing with topics appropriate to the grade level and content. Strongly suggested that the course be taken with the Junior Field Experience.
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A., “B-” or better in EMSE 2801.
Required: For all undergraduate initial certification students in K-12 Subject-Teaching Programs.


EDUC 3403 Language Arts/Reading in the Preschool and Elementary Curriculum for Limited English Proficient Students (3)

Theory and practice of teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar in both first and second language development. Topics and techniques appropriate to grade level, content and level of linguistic proficiency in two languages will be included. 
Prerequisites: Declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A.
Required: For all undergraduate initial certification students in Elementary and Early Childhood Programs seeking Bilingual education endorsement.


EDUC 4000 Teacher and Classroom (3)

Analysis of classroom dynamics, the application of knowledge to learning in the classroom, making teaching decisions, and using instructional formats are emphasized. Classroom management and organization techniques are examined.
Prerequisite: EDUC 3000, declared education major, 2.75 G.P.A..
Corequisite: EMSE 4801 for Instruction in Subject Areas K-12 students.
Required: Of all students seeking initial teaching certification.
 

 

 

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