Thiel College

Course Offerings



ECE 110: Child Development I: Typical and Atypical Birth-Age 5
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of human development from birth to age 5. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.

ECE 111: Foundations of Education
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

This course will develop the sociological, philosophical, economic and political bases of education in America. This course is cross listed with EDUC 111 Foundations of American Education. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.

ECE 112: The Developing Child-The Primary Years K-4th
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

The course is designed to introduce students to the theories of how people learn. This course is cross listed with EDUC 112 Psychological Foundations of Education. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.

ECE 213: Language Development for Early Childhood
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

This course will offer the student the opportunity to examine the basic components of language (phonology, syntax and lexicon), the theories regarding how children develop language, the developmental sequences of speech and language, and the correlations with academic success. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111 and ECE 112). Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 214: Early Literacy Foundations for Preschool Years
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

The course is designed to introduce students to the skills of teaching children to read and write. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, and ECE 215). Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 215: The Learning Process: Integrating Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course is designed to provide students with the background knowledge and practical application of planning and writing curriculum units with accompanying lesson plans. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111 and ECE 112). Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is cross listed with EDUC 215 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

ECE 216: Math Foundations for Preschool Years
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

The course prepares teacher candidates to teach mathematics in the pre-kindergarten setting. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213 and ECE 215.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 304: Literacy Foundations for the Primary Grades
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Early Childhood education students learn to use written and oral communication in the classroom. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215 and ECE 216.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 334: Math Foundations for the Primary Grades
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

The teacher candidates relate the laws and principles of basic mathematics to effective teaching with the best practices in the classroom. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215 and ECE 216.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 335: Science Methods
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This standards-based course emphasizes methods of teaching science as inquiry in the Pre K-4 classroom. Prerequisite of 3.0 overall GPA. Students must have successfully completed (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215 and ECE 216.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 336: Social Studies Methods
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

The course is based on solid theoretical and research foundation of child growth, development, and learning for young children to value themselves, each other and the world we share.(P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215, ECE 216 and ECE 355.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 355: Evidence-Based Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

The course is designed to provide pre-service teacher candidates with meaningful field experiences in the Pre K-4 classroom settings. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215 and ECE 216.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

ECE 369: Integrating the Arts for the Developing Child-Pre K-4
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of and competencies in the use of art, music, movement and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting and is designed to enhance the student's mastery of other subjects in the Pre K-4 curriculum. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215, ECE 216 and ECE 355. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

ECE 420: Using Instructional Technology and Universal Design to Support Literacy, Math and Science Achievement
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course reflects the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) and provides an overview of the role and use of technology in education. (P: ECE 110, ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 213, ECE 214, ECE 215, ECE 216, ECE 304, ECE 334, ECE 336, ECE 355, ECE 367 and ECE 369.) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is cross-listed with EDUC 220 Integrated Instructional Systems.

ECE/SPED 424: Student Teaching
12 CH

All education majors will complete 12 weeks of student teaching in a public school in the state of Pennsylvania. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Offered every semester. (P: students must have successfully completed all education courses except EDUC 400 Educating English Language Learners.) A special fee is charged. A minimum of 38 hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility. Pennsylvania certified pre-school settings will also be utilized.

EDUC 111: Foundations of Education
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

This course will develop the sociological, philosophical, economic and political bases of education in America. This course is cross listed with ECE 111 Foundations of American Education. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.

EDUC 112: Psychological Foundations of Education
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester

The course is designed to introduce students to the theories of how people learn. This course is cross listed with ECE 112 The Developing Child- The Primary Years K-4th (3CH). Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.

EDUC 215: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course is designed to provide students with the background knowledge and practical application of planning and writing curriculum units with accompanying lesson plans. (P: EDUC 111, EDUC 112). Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is cross listed with ECE 215 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

EDUC 220: Integrated Instructional Systems
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course reflects the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) and provides an overview of the role and use of technology in education. (P: EDUC 111, EDUC 112, EDUC 215, EDUC 255 and at least 1 Method course) Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is cross-listed with ECE 420 Integrated Instructional Systems.

EDUC 255: Mentoring I
3 CH

Teacher candidates begin a meaningful public school field experience. (P: EDUC 111, EDUC 112, EDUC 215) Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75. Offered every semester. (WIC) A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

EDUC 400: Educating English Language Learners
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This standards-based course is designed to develop in pre-service teachers the knowledge, skills and abilities they will require to meet the educational needs of English language learners who may be enrolled in their classes. This course will be taken during the student teaching semester. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is a requirement for all education majors.

EDUC 499: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary

Students may elect to explore a related set of current issues in education or develop a project that reflects a specialized interest in one aspect of teaching. Enrollment only by permission of the department chairperson.

SECED 268: Mentoring, Part II: On-Site Secondary Methodology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course will be the field component that supports and enables education students to put into practice what they are learning in their respective secondary methodology courses. Students are required to spend five hours a week in the mentoring school. A special fee is charged. Transportation is the student's responsibility. (P: EDUC 111, EDUC 112, EDUC 215, EDUC 255, at least half of the major completed and the required GPA of 3.0)

SECED 325: Teaching Reading/Writing in the Content Areas
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

This course will emphasize the teaching strategies for reading and writing in the different disciplines taught in the secondary school curriculum. The strategies will be research-based and will equip the secondary education majors with the methods necessary to improve student abilities to read complex texts and to learn through writing. Teaching candidates will learn how to apply the reading process to the textbook and other print resources necessary for their students to learn the subject content. In addition, teaching candidates will be prepared to develop, present and evaluate writing activities that will help their students master the subject content as well as help them develop competent writing skills. (P: EDUC 111, 112, 215, ENG 111, 112 and the required cumulative GPA of 3.0)

SECED 340: Teaching English in the Secondary School
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

This course provides prospective secondary student teachers with the knowledge of the methods and materials they need to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate instruction in a secondary English class. (P: EDUC 111, 112, 215 at least partial completion of the major, and the required cumulative GPA of 3.0) A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

SECED 350: Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

This course provides prospective secondary student teachers with information on the methods and materials they need to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate instruction in a secondary social studies classroom. (P: EDUC 111, 112, 215 and the required cumulative GPA) A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

SECED 360: Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

This course provides prospective secondary student teachers with information on the methods and materials they need to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate instruction in a secondary mathematics classroom. (P: EDUC 111, 112, 215, at least partial completion of the major and the required cumulative GPA of 3.0) A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

SECED 370: Teaching Science in the Secondary School
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

This course provides prospective secondary student teachers with information on the methods and materials they need to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate instruction in a secondary science classroom. (P: EDUC 111, 112, 215, at least partial completion of the major and the required cumulative GPA of 3.0) A special fee is charged. Four hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility.

SECED 444: Student Teaching for Secondary Teachers
12 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

In this course, students apply the knowledge and the skills they have developed through field experiences as well as content and methodology courses as they begin to manage all the operations of a secondary classroom. A special fee is charged. Students are responsible for providing transportation to the site. (P: All required education and major courses listed for certification in the content area fields, the required cumulative GPA of 3.0.)

SPED 356: Special Education: Processes, Procedures, Screening, Assessment, IEP Development and Evaluation
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with basic knowledge about the foundations of special education including the laws and regulations that govern it. It explores the different types of exceptionalities identified under Chapter 14 and IDEA and how to appropriately serve special needs students within the school setting. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. This course is a requirement for all education majors. (P: ECE 110, 111, 112, 215)

SPED 357: Effective Instructional Practices and Delivery Methods in Subject Area Content for All Levels of Special Education Support
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

This course provides the regular and special education teachers with the knowledge to meet the challenge of mixed-ability classrooms with academically responsive curriculum appropriate for all learners. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. A special fee is charged. Five hours per week is spent in the school setting. Transportation is the student's responsibility. This course is a requirement for all education majors. (P: SPED 356)

SPED 358: Intensive Reading, Writing and Math Intervention Approaches
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading, writing and math to students with disabilities. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. (P: SPED 356) This course is a requirement for all education majors.

SPED 360: Educational Assessment
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This course is designed to provide the special education teacher with knowledge of how to administer, score and interpret educational assessments, prepare assessment summary reports and utilize assessment results in instructional planning. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. (Follow student schedule template for prerequisites).

SPED 410: Evidence-Based Effective Instruction-Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities including LD
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course provides an introduction to the history, development, prevalence, treatment approaches and characteristics of individuals with high incident disabilities, including mild mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders (including PDD), traumatic brain injuries, AD/HD, and emotional and behavioral disabilities. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. (Follow student schedule template for prerequisites)

SPED 420: Effective Collaboration and Communication in an Academic Setting
3 CH

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with basic knowledge and skills to create, participate in, and promote collaboration and communication within the school district, with outside agencies, and with families of special needs students. A portion of this course (50 hours) is to be spent out in the school setting within special education classrooms. (Follow student schedule template for prerequisites).

SPED 430: Evidence-Based Effective Instruction-Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course provides the special education teacher with basic knowledge and skills about the prevalence, incidence, development and characteristics of individuals with a low incidence disability including vision and hearing disabilities, physical disabilities, moderate to profound retardation, deaf-blind and multiple disabilities. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. (Follow student schedule template for prerequisites).

SPED 440: Teaching Students with Behavorial Disorders
3 CH

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with basic knowledge and skills to support students with emotional and behavioral disorders within the academic setting. Teachers will use assessment as a guide to their interventions which will address: interfering behaviors that affect academics, social skill deficits, and problems with interpersonal relationships. Evidence based approaches will be a major focus within the course. A portion of this course (10 hours) is to be spent out in the school setting within special education classrooms. (Follow student schedule template for prerequisites).