Course Descriptions

Educational Psychology


EPY 301
Assessment of Exceptional Children and IEPs
3 credits

Assessment procedures that provide information that enable teachers to make decisions regarding appropriate instruction for the children they serve are learned and applied. Informal and formal assessments used in identifying exceptionalities are analyzed. The formally evaluated strengths and weaknesses are developed into an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Standardized and informal test results are evaluated and analyzed in relation to student achievement, curriculum development, and instructional improvement. Special emphasis is given to individually administered achievement instruments in relation to intelligence test measures.


EPY 302
Educational Assessment
3 credits

Students learn the nature and use of measurement and evaluation in educational settings. Construction of teacher-made tests and assessment portfolios are emphasized. Professionally prepared standardized achievement and aptitude tests are examined

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 and EDU 203


EPY 303
Advising, Mentoring, and Counseling Techniques
3 credits

Exploration of middle level counseling and mentoring models that are congruent with culturally responsive interaction between teacher and student is the focus of this course. Included are learning styles, contemporary problems, home-school communications and parent involvement, and community resources. Attendance at community-based family services is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102, EDU 203, and PSY 332


EPY 306
Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credits

Interdisciplinary studies in learning, motivation, and teaching are stressed. Educational implications and application of research relating to human development, cognitive science, learning, motivation, and teaching will be included. Focus is on application of learning theory and demonstration of knowledge of lesson design and constructing measurable objectives. Students learn the nature and use of measurement and evaluation in educational settings. Construction of teacher-made tests and assessment portfolios are emphasized. Professionally prepared standardized achievement and aptitude tests are examined

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 and EDU 203


EPY 401
Teaching Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children
3 credits

This course will provide students with a variety of teaching strategies that enhance teaching and learning in an inclusive, multi-cultural classroom including students with exceptionalities. Students will explore ways to better understand how context and culture affect teaching and learning, and will acquire strategies to support learning for students whose first language is not English as well as for children of special needs. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of how student learning is influenced by factors such as: poverty, prior learning, race, language of origin, culture, gender, health, family structure, religion, and community.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102, EDU 203, and PSY 333