Course Descriptions

Educational Psychology

EPY 201
Development and Implementation of 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 304
Advising and Mentoring in the Middle School
3 credits

The focus of this middle level course is the exploration of middle level counseling and mentoring models that are congruent with culturally responsive and appropriate interaction between teacher and student. Included are overviews of: young adolescent development, implications of diversity on young adolescent development, trauma-informed middle school classrooms, home-school communications, parent involvement, and community resources. The importance of solid and positive relationships between teachers and students is emphasized throughout this course.

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

EPY 402
Learning Differences and Assessment of 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.