Education Preparation Program Courses at Ashford University


Education Preparation Program Class Descriptions and Credit Information

EPP 511 English Language Learners in the Classroom

3 Credits

This course provides a sufficiently broad yet detailed exposure to the realities of teaching English language learners. The course is designed to prepare students to deliver content area instruction to English language learners with diverse abilities using the sheltered instruction approach. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 520 Effective Classroom Management in Elementary Classrooms

3 Credits

Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in elementary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 521 Effective Classroom Management in Secondary Classrooms

3 Credits

Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in secondary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 530 Serving Exceptional Learners

3 Credits
This course prepares students to work collaboratively with families and school personnel to have a positive impact on the educational, social and behavioral development of all students, including those with a full range of disabilities, in a diverse society. The course focuses on knowledge of legislative mandates for serving exceptional students, characteristics of exceptionality, best practice in facilitating teaching and learning, and accountability through assessment of outcomes. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 531 Assessing Learners

3 Credits
This course is designed to familiarize students with current state and local classroom assessment data. Students will learn how to select appropriate reading and math assessment instruments, observe and record data, analyze test scores and performance, interpret data, and outline accommodations and plans for remediation. Students will practice making educational decisions based upon data provided by local and/or state assessments and communicate assessment results. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 540 Elementary Social Science Methods

3 Credits

Designed to provide teacher candidates with models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching elementary school social sciences. This course implements current understanding of learning strategies, and opportunities to develop related process skills, use of technology in the teaching and learning of social science, and skills in implementing instructional models. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 541 Elementary STEM Methods I

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of science teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school science. The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate science lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 542 Elementary STEM Methods II

3 Credits

The primary purpose of this course is to learn about teaching methods and practices designed to make critical academic areas accessible to elementary students. Students will study lesson plan design, assessment strategies and learning activities for maximizing the engagement of their students. Learning centers, games and diagnostic/prescriptive treatment are explored. Students will gain initial information on how to relate national and statewide content standards and frameworks to lesson plan design, a variety of assessment strategies, and ELD/SDAIE strategies. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 543 Elementary Integrated Reading Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to help elementary school teachers understand the relationship between literacy instruction and content across all areas of study. Particular emphasis is given to the reading and study of expository materials at all levels of the curriculum. The major areas of study include levels of thinking and questioning, textbooks, assessments, factors in learning, reader strategies, and teacher strategies. The instructional strategies discussed are appropriate for elementary grade levels and all content areas. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 551 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 552 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 553 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar III

3 Credits

This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 561 Secondary English Methods

3 Credits

This course will learn, practice and reflect on the specific pedagogical knowledge needed to teach English to secondary students. Students will explore a variety of teaching strategies for organizing a secondary English curriculum using the Common Core Standards. Teacher candidates will discuss, plan, implement and assess appropriate instruction using current best practices for the effective teaching of English in secondary classes. The course addresses various curricular areas of English arts, including the teaching of writing, reading comprehension and literature, language applications, grammar, speaking applications and visual media and how they can be effectively integrated into daily lesson planning while meeting Common Core Standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 562 Secondary History-Social Science Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to prepare students to be effective History-Social Science teachers in secondary classrooms and is designed to develop the capacities models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching secondary school social sciences. Emphasis is placed on curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and strategies specific to teaching social sciences to diverse student populations. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 563 Secondary Integrated Reading Methods

3 Credits

This course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and ability to deliver comprehensive instruction to English learners. Students will learn how to implement instructional programs that facilitate English language acquisition and development, including receptive and productive language skills, and that logically progress to the grade level reading/language arts program for English speakers. Students will acquire and demonstrate the ability to utilize assessment information to diagnose students’ language abilities and to develop lessons that promote students’ access and achievement in relation to state-adopted academic content standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 564 Secondary STEM Methods

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in secondary school Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate STEM lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and math and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 571 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 572 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 573 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar III

3 Credits

This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.