Course Descriptions

Elementary Studies

MEE 7204
Teacher Leadership and Collaboration
3 credits

This course has been designed to assist K-6 and middle/secondary level education teacher candidates in developing the attributes, knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to serve as a teacher leader.  The course will explore teacher leadership in a variety of capacities including but not limited to instruction/curriculum development, assessment, school reform, classroom management, technology, advisory/mentoring, on-going professional development, and collaboration.  A strong emphasis will be placed on ethical issues related to teaching and learning.  Appropriate and effective oral and written communication skills will also be discussed.  Moreover, teacher candidates will apply research and critical thinking skills to demonstrate scholarship related to issues in teacher leadership. 

MEE 7601
Education of 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.

MEE 7603
Instructional Strategies in Elementary Education
3 credits

Instructional Strategies (Kindergarten through Grade Six) is designed to provide teacher education candidates with an opportunity to study about, reflect upon, question, become knowledgeable about, and develop skills in using a variety of instructional methods while applying and practicing these methods in a collaborative and constructive setting. Participants will learn how to plan and present instruction clearly, as well as how to establish and maintain an effective learning environment.

Major topics include: characteristics of effective instructional strategies and their impact on various learners; differentiated instruction; planning for instruction; developing effective lessons using a variety of approaches & technologies; assessment of student learning; and professional development. Attention is focused on the learner and the interpretation of physiological, psychological, sociological, emotional, cultural, linguistic, and environmental factors which influence learning. 

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102

MEE 7604
Technology for Instruction
3 credits

This course prepares candidates to successfully integrate digital media and technology into learner curricula. Through demonstrations, hands-on use, and application projects, candidates gain experience with the roles digital tools play to support teaching methods and learning strategies associated with a continuum of learning approaches and goals. Candidates develop skills in digital citizenship and copyright, HTML, creating an online presence, social learning and collaboration, differentiation using technology, digital storytelling, use of Web 2.1 tools (e.g., content management systems, social networks, e-portfolios), digital video, and virtual worlds, and common software packages in order to design and formatively assess engaging learning communities. Embedded in the course are the skills needed to use close reading strategies both in personal use and in designing digital lessons around Common Core Literacy Standards with students. Candidates will also learn how to access and collect data as they move through the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II (DPAS II) training modules.

MEE 7607
Health and Physical Education
3 credits

This course focuses on teaching the mind, body, and spirit components of a healthy lifestyle. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role of exercise, family and community, work and diet in maintaining good health. Recent findings and reports in medicine, exercise, diet, and nutrition will be discussed. This course includes health services, health education, and healthy school environments

MEE 7631
Child Growth and Development
3 credits

This course is designed to help teacher candidates construct a clear understanding of how mathematics is effectively in the classroom. Among other things, teacher candidates will develop an understanding and application of the intersection of fundamental mathematical concepts and practical pedagogy and will excel in their ability to develop and deliver a variety of instructional sound lessons as related to a variety of approaches to mathematics all within the context of state and national standards. Topics and techniques included in this course are: Singapore Math; Math Talks, Place Value and Models of Arithmetic, Mental Math and Word Problems, Algorithms, and Fractions.  

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 to Teaching Elementary Language Arts/Reading
3 credits

This course includes content, methods, and demonstration of proficiency in the literacy areas of reading, written composition, listening, oral communication, grammar and usage, and spelling. Students are expected to develop materials, lesson plans, units, and methods for teaching the elements of language arts/reading in an integrated way. A team approach with other teachers and the integration of other content areas are emphasized in the course. A virtual clinical experience from schools using "best practices" is required.

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7632.

MEE 7634
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies
3 credits

Students learn selection and evaluation of teaching methods, use of curriculum, use of technology, and preparation of instructional materials appropriate for social science content. Emphasis is placed on an integrated unit approach (integrating both the social sciences and the social sciences with other major content areas). A virtual clinical experience from schools using "best practices" is required.

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603 and a minimum of three credit hours in social science with a "C" or better.

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 are exposed to mathematics learning strategies and the methods and strategies for teaching mathematics. Students have the opportunity to analyze programs and learning materials as they set up environments and situations which stimulate interest in learning mathematics. A special emphasis is on how math can be integrated with other major content areas in the teaching and learning process. Modeling strategies, the appropriate use of manipulatives, the integral use of calculators and computers, learning in cooperative groups, reading and writing to learn, and the other NCTM standards are the core of this course. A virtual clinical experience from schools using "best practices" is required.

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603 and a minimum of three credit hours in math with a "C" or better.

MEE 7638
Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Science
3 credits

The scope and sequence of the science curriculum for elementary students are emphasized via planning integrated lessons and units of instruction and laboratory methods. The integration of the lessons/units will focus on integrating the various science disciplines and on integrating the sciences with other major content areas. A virtual clinical experience from schools using "best practices" is required.

Prerequisite(s): MEE 7603 and a minimum of three credit hours in science with a "C" or better.

MEE 7996
Practicum I
1 credits

Practicum I is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Seminars are conducted at the University sites by faculty of the College of Education. Practicum I introduces the teacher candidate to essential content and pedagogical knowledge related to the components of professional practice, Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching and DPAS II (Delaware Performance Appraisal System II). Practicum I provides the teacher candidate with opportunities to observe, describe, interpret, and understand all aspects of professional practice and to reflect on the personal and professional attributes required for success in teaching. Candidates in Practicum I focus on the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, dispositions expected of professionals within the education field, learning environments and social interaction.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102. A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report sent / delivered to the Office of Clinical Studies in its original sealed envelope. A new TB/PPD and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) uploaded into Taskstream. A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring.

MEE 7997
Practicum II
1 credits

Practicum II is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum II requires the teacher candidate to implement, analyze and reflect on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II. Candidates will learn to explore decision-making processes through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses. Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities. Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MEE 7996. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring.

MEE 7998
Practicum III
1 credits

Practicum III is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. MSE Practicum III placements are in inclusive learning environments serving students with identified / diagnosed learning needs. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum III is an extension of Practicum II in which the teacher candidate refines and enhances the implementation, analysis and reflection on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II. Candidates enhance instructional strategies, learning activities, classroom management skills and lesson planning through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses. Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities. Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons from full units within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MEE 7996 and MEE 7997. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring.

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

This supervised field experience requires at least 80 full student teaching days. Areas of concentration are Elementary Education. Teacher candidates are placed with individual cooperating teachers or with teams of cooperating teachers in approved clinical settings, grades K-6. Teacher Candidates are monitored and supported by Wilmington University supervisors. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. 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 professional portfolio. Student Teaching is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Note: Once candidates pay for the course, they will need to purchase an ETS voucher from the Bookstore to be used at ETS.org to activate a PPAT account. Successful completion of the PPAT is required for degree completion and conferral. Delaware’s minimum passing score for the PPAT is 38 points. Additional details about the PPAT will be explained during the mandatory student teaching orientation.

Prerequisite(s): A new Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report sent/delivered to the Office of Clinical Studies in its original sealed envelope. A new TB/PPD, Health Authorization Form and completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) uploaded into Taskstream. A completed Student Teaching Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. Chair approval is required for course registration.

MEE 8804
Applied Assessment for Improving Student Learning
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 8805
Performance Assessment
3 credits

This course provides candidates with essential knowledge and skills related to appropriate assessment strategies and helps candidates understand how to equitably and effectively assess student learning. Candidates learn how to make data-driven decisions that align with both curricular goals and student instructional needs, and to use data to reflect on the effectiveness and quality of their own teaching. Candidates learn how to use data to help solve instructional problems such as closing the learning/achievement gaps that are indigenous to most classrooms. The course aligns with the requirements of Task 2 in PPAT and with elements of PPAT Tasks 3 and 4, which will help the candidate be prepared to meet data collection and analysis expectations that will be encountered during student teaching. For candidates student teaching in fall 2016 or later, this course must be taken concurrently with Practicum III.