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 project

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 studied

Prerequisite(s): EE 7603 and MEE 7632.


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 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 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 and a minimum of three credit hours in math with a "C" or better.


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 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. Effective July 1, 2014, scores and sub-scores that meet Delaware minimum requirements on the PRAXIS CORE SERIES FOR EDUCATORS are pre-requisites for Practicum I. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

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. Effective July 1, 2014, scores and sub-scores that meet Delaware minimum requirements on the PRAXIS CORE SERIES FOR EDUCATORS are pre-requisites for Practicum I. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


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. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

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. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


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. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

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. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


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. 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.

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. At the time of application, candidates must have submitted passing scores and subset scores for Praxis CORE and Praxis II Content Specific Examination. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements. Chair approval is required for course registration.