Course Descriptions

Elementary Studies


MEE 7601
Education of Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children in the Elementary School
3 credits

Students will learn about and apply concepts directly relating to the educational needs of all learners presented in the classroom. Assessment instruments used to identify eligibility for specialized instruction and/or related services and the use of evaluation data appropriate to the design and implementation of individualized educational programs (IEPs) will also be studied and applied to the professional and ethical responsibilities required of general education teachers in multi-cultural settings. Interventions for specific disabilities, as generated by evaluation data, will be created. Federal, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures will be reviewed and analyzed as appropriate to the delivery of services to students with special needs. The social, emotional, and intellectual characteristics of gifted students will be examined, including an analysis of identification procedures and service delivery models. Pedagogy and resources that support IEP goals and objectives for gifted students will be presented.


MEE 7603
Strategies for Effective Teaching
3 credits

Students review research and strategies for maximizing learning time in the classroom. Effective teacher/student interaction, classroom management, and lesson design and delivery are studied. Fundamentals of test theory and test design are included, as well as an overview of the uses and interpretation of standardized tests. Requirements include field observation and a related projec

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102


MEE 7604
Technology for Instruction
2 credits

Contemporary technology and its applications to individual and group learning are reviewed. Interactive media, the computer, and the video camera are studied as instruments for learning, diagnosis, and evaluation. The student is required to design a project or unit integrating technology in the learning and/or evaluation processes.


MEE 7607
Health and Physical Education
3 credits

This course focuses on teaching the components of a healthy lifestyle to children in elementary school. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role of exercise, friends and family, work and sexuality in maintaining good health. Recent findings and reports in medicine, exercise, diet and nutrition will be discussed. The course includes the development of knowledge and skills relative to health services, health education, childhood obesity, and a healthy school environment.


MEE 7631
Child Growth and Development
3 credits

This course is a survey and examination of development from the prenatal period through adolescence with emphasis on the characteristics of children who are in kindergarten through grade 6. Social, cognitive, and physical development are included. Appropriate interventions for students with developmental gaps are a focus. The role of the family in child development and safety and nutrition for young children are included. Students are required to prepare a case study of a child in grades K-6 that includes an evaluation of the child and recommendations for a course of action.


MEE 7632
Language and Literacy
3 credits

The relationship of language to developing literacy (reading and writing) is studied. Social and cultural language differences, language acquisition, assessment of language, and metacognition are emphasized. The relationship of early literacy experiences to stages of development of receptive and expressive language is linked to instructional implications.


MEE 7633
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Reading and Writing
3 credits

Students study the rationale for an integrated language arts program and thematic units with other subject areas, with a focus on the Delaware Content Standards. Emphasis is on development of age appropriate lesson plans and units that demonstrate a variety of methods and materials for teaching the skills of language arts and reading and the integrated process. Establishing objectives, including critical thinking objectives, evaluative criteria, and appropriate evaluation techniques for assessing progress are studie

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603, MEE 7632. Students must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS I: Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) and the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for the first methods course. Students should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle) prior to registering for any methods course.


MEE 7634
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies
3 credits

Students examine the specific learning skills required for the study of history, geography, economics, citizenship, and social problems, with a focus on the Delaware Content Standards for kindergarten through grade six. The geography content stresses human, political, and urban geography. The history content stresses cultural, economic, political, and social development. The study of methods for improving reading skills in social studies is included. Theories of lesson planning, and especially unit planning for young children, as well as methods of evaluating progress in social studies are studied and applied. Requirements include the development of a unit that incorporates all of the social sciences

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603, a minimum of three credit hours in social science with a "C" or better. Students must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS I: Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) and the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for the first methods course. Students should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle) prior to registering for any methods course.


MEE 7635
Professional Issues Related to Family, School and Community
2 credits

This course is an examination and analysis of contemporary programs for young children. Professional ethics and diversity issues are emphasized. Parenting issues, including parent education and involvement in the educational process, are major themes. Family structure and development and their relationship to the schooling of young children are included.


MEE 7636
Fine Arts & Literature for Children and Adolescents
2 credits

Students examine literature for its own sake and its relationship to art, music, drama, and dance. Knowledge of literature and fine arts and how to incorporate them effectively in an integrated curriculum are the major focus. Students are required to prepare a lesson plan that demonstrates the use of fine arts as a cognitive or affective remedial technique. Students are also required to read and study a minimum of 40 books appropriate for children and adolescents. Another focus of this course is the variety of texts available and strategies for selecting and evaluating all materials for instruction.


MEE 7637
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Mathematics
3 credits

Students participate in an analysis of methods and materials used in mathematics programs, including the criteria established by NCTM and the Delaware Content Standards for mathematics. Students must demonstrate competency in number systems and theory, real numbers, set theory, measurement, geometry, probability and statistics, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Manipulatives, calculators, and computers are studied for both theory and application. Particular emphasis is on the evaluation of math achievement and learning difficulties specific to math. Each student is required to prepare a project that includes designing, delivering, and evaluating math lessons appropriate for young children. Students will participate in a series of diagnostic tests designed to inform them of the need for additional mathematics coursework

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603, a minimum of three credit hours in math with a "C" or better. Students must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS I: Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) and the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for the first methods course. Students should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle) prior to registering for any methods course.


MEE 7638
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Science
3 credits

Students participate in an analysis of methods and materials used in contemporary science programs, with a focus on the Delaware Content Standards for science. Emphasis is on process skills, concepts, schema, attitudes, and values of science. The content portion includes life and environment, earth and space, and physical science. Students observe science classes and develop lessons for teaching science. Each student is required to prepare a project that includes designing, delivering, and evaluating science lessons for young children

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603, a minimum of three credit hours in science with a "C" or better. Students must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS I: Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) and the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for the first methods course. Students should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle) prior to registering for any methods course.


MEE 7996
Practicum I
1 credits

This course introduces the beginning teacher preparation student to essential content and pedagogical knowledge related to components of professional practice. Practicum I provides the teacher preparation student with opportunities to observe, describe, interpret, and understand the classroom environment and to reflect on the personal and professional attributes required for success in teaching. The course requires a minimum of 35 contact hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved setting, 21 hours of supporting seminars, and a professional journal. The three Practicum and student teaching placements must be in different school settings. A reflective set of learning activities, focusing on the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards is completed for Practicum II

Prerequisite(s): valid T.B. clearance. Students who started their program Fall 2013 or later also require passing scores on all sections of PRAXIS I.


MEE 7997
Practicum II
1 credits

This course helps the teacher preparation student analyze and reflect on the classroom environment in relation to components of professional practice and the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards. The Practicum II student learns to apply the concepts introduced in Practicum I and in MEE program course work. The course requires a minimum of 35 contact hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved setting and 21 hours of supporting seminars. The three Practicum and student teaching placements must be in different school settings. A reflective set of learning activities, focusing on the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards is completed for Practicum II

Prerequisite(s): Valid T.B. clearance and MEE 7996.


MEE 7998
Practicum III
1 credits

This course emphasizes synthesis and evaluation but narrows the focus to the area of reading. Practicum III expects the more advanced teacher preparation student to administer a diagnostic reading inventory to one child and then devise and carry out a remediation plan for that child under the close supervision of the Practicum advisor, classroom teacher mentor, and site-based reading teacher or reading specialist. The course requires a minimum of 35 contact hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved setting and 21 hours of supporting seminars. The three Practicum and student teaching placements must be in different school settings. A reflective set of learning activities, focusing on the theory and practice of reading is completed for Practicum III

Prerequisite(s): Valid T.B. clearance, MEE 7997, MEE 7632 and MEE 7633 (may be taken concurrently)


MEE 8800
Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom
3 credits

This course gives the candidate the necessary skills to understand assessment techniques and information, to effectively assess student learning, and to analyze assessment data to evaluate and reflect upon student learning and his/her teaching in the classroom. Candidates will learn approaches used to evaluate learning and will learn how to develop classroom assessments that align with instruction. Candidates will also learn how to use assessment data to make informed decisions about teaching and learning in the classroom. In addition, candidates will develop skills for conducting action research in school and classroom settings and will learn how to use such research for solving problems in those settings.


MEE 8801
Student Teaching/Internship
9 credits

Students participate in a clinical immersion which includes 60 full days of student teaching in an appropriate setting. (NOTE: Students entering the program in Fall 2012 and forward, will be required to complete 80 full days of student teaching in an appropriate setting.) A supervisor of student teaching from Wilmington University and a cooperating teacher in the school are identified to mentor and monitor each student teacher. Attention is given to placing students in schools/classrooms that reflect a diverse student population. A minimum of 15 clock hours is scheduled by the Wilmington University supervisors to address professional issues related to the clinical semester and to provide support and assistance with the completion of the required portfolio

Prerequisite(s): Approved application from the Office of Clinical Studies, passing scores for PRAXIS I in all areas: Mathematics, Reading, Writing (or relevant exemption test) PRAXIS II in the appropriate area, GPA of 3.0, MEE 7998, and completion of all methods courses. Applications must be submitted by October 1 for spring placements or March 1 for fall placements. The three Practicum and teacher intern placements must be in different school settings. A criminal background check and Child Protection Registry check are required.