Teaching and Learning: Best Practices – USF Electives

Individual courses may be selected to assemble a personalized, best practices concentration. If not taking a full concentration, asterisk courses are recommended.

**Note: Foundations of Educational Technology must be taken before either of the other two

ESL/Bilingual

*Theoretical Foundations of Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)
Assessment of the Bilingual Student (3)
*Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (3)
Linguistics (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (3)

Special Education

*Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)

Reading

*Foundations of Literacy (3)
Assessment Procedures and Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3)
Exploration of Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achievement (3)
Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3)
*Literacy and Diverse Learners (3)
*Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3)]
Reading Teacher Practicum (3)
*Disciplinary Literacy (3)

Director of Special Education

Introduction to Special Education Finance (3)
Legal and Historical Foundations in Special Education (3)
Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children (3)
Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)

Middle School

*Psychology of the Middle School Child (3)
Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instruction (3)

Technology

*Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
**Collaborative Web Tools in Education (3)
**Multimedia Tools in Education (3)
Effective Technology Integration into Lessons and Curriculum (3)
Assessing and Improving Student Achievement with Technology (3)
21st Century Educational Leadership (3)

Differentiated Instruction

*Survey of Gifted Education (3)
*Serving English Language Learners with Special Needs (3)
*Differentiated Instruction (3)
*Behavior Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom (3)
*Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching Adult ELL’s (4)
Assessment of the Adult ELL (3)
Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (3)
Linguistics (4)

The Affective Domain of Teaching Concentration

Dealing with Stress in Education (3)
The Heart of Teaching (3)
The Attitude of Leadership (3)
Understanding and Applying Emotional Intelligence (3)
Classroom Applications of Differentiated Instruction (3)
Humor in the Classroom (3)

National Board Certification (Chicago Teachers Union)

National Board Certification 1 (3)
National Board Certification 2 (3)
National Board Certification 3 (3)
National Board Certification 4 (3)
National Board Certification 5 (3)

Other Graduate Courses

IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference 2014 (1-3)
Technology and Teaching Strategies that Promote Common Core Standards (3)
Advanced Placement Summer Institute 2014 (2)