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Faculty of Education

Academic Programs

The programs of the Faculty of Education at Bethlehem University are designed to help students move from rote-based learning to active learning. It proposes education as development and serves both in-service and pre-service students. In addition, the Faculty runs the Teachers Resource Center (TRC), which acts as an interface between the outreach programs offered by the Faculty and its academic programs. The programs offered are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Education Major in:
    • Teaching Arabic
    • Teaching English
    • Teaching History and Geography
    • Teaching Mathematics
    • Primary Level
    • Kindergarten
  • Higher Education Diploma in Methods of Teaching
    • Arabic for Secondary Level
    • English for Secondary Level
    • Civics for Primary Level
    • Mathematics
    • Science for Primary Level
    • Christian Religion
  • Subject Area Teaching Programs
    • Bachelor of Education Programs majoring in Teaching Arabic, Teaching English, Teaching History-Geography, and Teaching Mathematics are designed to train teachers for grades 5-10.
  • Higher Education Diploma Programs
    • Teachers who have previously earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree from Bethlehem University or any other institution of higher education may enroll in a relevant Higher Education Diploma in Methods of Teaching: Arabic, English, Math, Science, History and Geography, and Christian Education. All 30 credits required must be earned at Bethlehem University; no transfer credits are accepted.

Primary Level and Kindergarten Programs:

Credits needed for the degree

A student majoring in Education Primary Level or Kindergarten needs to earn a total of 125 credits distributed as follows.

Category

Credits

Major

54

Specialist

25

University Requirements

40

Electives

6

Total

125

 

The Primary Level major and the Kindergarten major consist of a total of 54 credits each as outlined in the following table.

 

Bachelors of Education Majors inPrimary Level and Kindergarten

Required Major Courses

EDUC 151

Psychology of Learning (3)

EDUC 351

P. of Guiding Young Child. (3)

EDUC 152

Drama For Teachers of Y. Child. (3)

EDUC 352

Arts & Crafts in E. Child. Educ. (3)

EDUC 153

Palestinian Family (3)

EDUC 389

Seminar in Elem. Education (1)

EDUC 161

Develop. & Growth of Children (3)

EDUC 451

Instructional Materials & Equip. in ECE (3)

EDUC 162

Intro. to Early Child. Education (3)

EDUC 452

Working with Parents (3)

EDUC 163

Creativity and Play (3)

EDUC 461

Children with Special Needs (3)

EDUC 251

Thought and Lang. Acquisition (3)

EDUC 462

Computer in E. Child. Educ. (2)

EDUC 252

Music in Early Child. Education (3)

ARAB 251

Introduction to Grammar I (3)

EDUC 260

Research in Early Child. Educ.  (3)

ARAB 310

Language Skills (3)

EDUC 263

Storytelling (3)

 

 


Specialist Courses for Primary Level

EDUC 269

Practicum in Grades 1-4 I (1)

EDUC 362

Teaching Child. Math and Sc. (3)

EDUC 325

Teaching Language Arts (3)

EDUC 363

Teaching Child. Sec. Lang. (3)

EDUC 353

Teaching Child. Physical Educ. (2)

EDUC 364

Teaching Child. Rel. Educ. (2)

EDUC 354

Teaching Children Environment and Social Studies (2)

EDUC 369

Practicum for Grades 1-4 III (1)

EDUC 359

Practicum for Grades 1-4 II (1)

EDUC 453

Integrated Curriculum (2)

EDUC 361

Test. & Evaluation in Child. Educ. (3)

EDUC 459

Practicum for Grades 1-4 IV (1)

 

 

EDUC 469

Practicum for Grades 1-4 V (1)

 

Specialist Courses for Kindergarten

EDUC 267

Practicum in Pre-School I (1)

EDUC 366

Movement Ed. in Pre-School (3)

EDUC 355

Children's Literature (3)

EDUC 367

Practicum in Pre-School III (1)

EDUC 356

Comm. Educ. in Pre-School (3)

EDUC 368

Science & Math in Pre-School (3)

EDUC 357

Practicum in Pre-School II (1)

EDUC 454

The Pre-School Curriculum (3)

EDUC 360

Moral Education in Pre-School (3)

EDUC 457

Practicum in Pre-School IV (1)

EDUC 365

Pre-School Administration (2)

EDUC 467

Practicum in Pre-School V (1)

 

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations.

Paradigm of courses

Bachelor of Education Major in Kindergarten

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 151

Psychology of Learning

3

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

EDUC 152

Drama For Teachers of Y. Child

3

EDUC 161

Development and Growth

3

EDUC 153

Palestinian Family

3

EDUC 162

Intro. to Childhood Educ.

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

EDUC 163

Creativity and Play

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 251

Thought & Lang. Acquisition

3

EDUC 260

Research in Childhood Educ.

3

EDUC 252

Music in Early Childhood Ed

3

EDUC 263

Storytelling

3

ARAB 251

Introduction to Grammar I

3

EDUC 267

Practicum in Pre-School I

1

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

ARAB 310

Language Skills

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Mathematics

3

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

 

 

 

SCIE 111

General Science

3

 

 

15

 

16

 

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

 

 CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 

 CR

EDUC 351

P. of Guiding Young Child

3

EDUC 365

Pre-School Administration

2

EDUC 352

Arts & Crafts in E. Child. Educ

3

EDUC 366

Movement Ed. in Pre-School

3

EDUC 355

Children’s Literature

3

EDUC 367

Practicum in Pre-School III

1

EDUC 356

Comm. Educ. in Pre-School

3

EDUC 368

Science & Math in Pre-School

3

EDUC 357

Practicum in Pre-School II

1

EDUC 461

Children with Special Needs

3

POLS 300

Themes in Political Science

3

ART 101

Fine Arts Requirement

2

 

 

 

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

 

 

16

 

 

15


Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 CR

EDUC 451

Inst. Materials & Equip. ECE

3

EDUC 360

Moral Educ. in the Pre-School

3

EDUC 452

Working with Parents

3

EDUC 389

Seminar

1

EDUC 454

The Pre-School Curriculum

3

EDUC 462

Computer in E. Child. Educ.

2

EDUC 457

Practicum in Pre-School IV

1

EDUC 467

Practicum in Pre-School V

1

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

 

General Elective

3

RELS 300

Cultural /  Religious Studies

3

 

 

 

 

General Elective

3

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

Bachelors of Education Major in Primary Level

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 151

Psychology of Learning

3

EDUC 161

Development and Growth

3

EDUC 152

Drama For Teachers of Y. Child

3

EDUC 162

Intro. to Early Child. Educ

3

EDUC 153

Palestinian Family

3

EDUC 163

Creativity and Play

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 251

Thought & Lang. Acquisition

3

EDUC 260

Research in Childhood Educ.

3

EDUC 252

Music in Early Childhood Ed

3

EDUC 263

Storytelling

3

ARAB 251

Introduction to Grammar I

3

EDUC 269

Practicum in Grades 1-4 I

1

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

ARAB 310

Language Skills

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Math.

3

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

EDUC 354

Teach. Child. Social Studies

2

SCIE 111

General Science

3

 

 

17

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 325

Teaching Language Arts

3

EDUC 361

Test. & Evaluation in Child. Educ

3

EDUC 351

P. of Guiding Young Child

3

EDUC 362

Teach. Child. Math and Sci.

3

EDUC 352

Arts & Crafts in E. Child. Educ

3

EDUC 369

Practicum in Grades 1-4 III

1

EDUC 353

Teach. Child. Physical Educ.

2

EDUC 461

Children with Special Needs

3

EDUC 359

Practicum in Grades 1-4 II

1

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

POLS 300

Themes in Political Science

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

ART 101

Fine Arts Requirement

2

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

16


Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 451

Inst. Materials & Equip. ECE

3

EDUC 363

Teach. Child. Second Lang.

3

EDUC 452

Working with Parents

3

EDUC 364

Teach. Children Religious Ed.

2

EDUC 453

Integrated Curriculum

2

EDUC 389

Seminar

1

EDUC 459

Practicum in Grades 1-4 IV

1

EDUC 462

Computer in E. Child. Educ.

2

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

EDUC 469

Practicum in Grades 1-4 V

1

 

General Elective

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

 

General Elective

3

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Subject Area Teaching Programs

Bachelor of Education Programs majoring in Teaching Arabic, Teaching English, Teaching History-Geography, and Teaching Mathematics are designed to train teachers for grades 5 to 10.


Credits needed for the degree

A student majoring in Teaching-Arabic, Teaching-English, Teaching History/ Geography, and Teaching Mathematics needs to earn a total of 125 to 129 credits distributed as follows:

 Category

Teaching-Arabic

Teaching-English

Teaching-History/
Geography

Teaching-Mathematics

Major

40

40

40

40

Specialist courses

45

45

43

52

University Requirements

40

37

40

37

Electives

0

3

2

0

Total

125

125

125

129

 

 

 Major In Teaching :Arabic, English, History/Geography, and Mathematics

The Teaching Major consists of a total of 40 credits as described below.

EDUC 131

Psychology of Teaching & Learning (3)

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ. I (3)

EDUC 200

Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 327

Research Methods in Educ. II (1)

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology (3)

EDUC 337

Classroom Observation (1)

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3)

EDUC 338

Participating in Teaching (2)

EDUC 212

Initial School Experience (1)

EDUC 389

Senior Seminar (1)

EDUC 213

Instructional Materials (3)

EDUC 409

Special Meth. in Grades 5-10 (3)

EDUC 302

General Methods Grades 5-10 (3)

EDUC 413

Teaching in Schools (2)

EDUC 305

Guidance and Counseling (3)

EDUC 414

E-learning in Education (2)

EDUC 313

Computer and Statistics (3)

 

 

 

Teaching Arabic  specialist courses:

ARAB 105

Arabic Handwriting (1)

EDAR 251

Teach. Classical Arabic Lit. (3)

ARAB 142

Prosody (3)

EDAR 351

Applied Linguistics (3)

ARAB 213

Texts Analysis (2)

EDAR 352

Language Skills (3)

ARAB 251

Introduction to Grammar I (3)

EDAR 361

M. of Teach. Read. & Oral Skills (3)

ARAB 252

Introduction to Grammar II (3)

EDAR 362

Methods of Teaching Grammar (3)

ARAB 311

Abbasid Literature (3)

EDAR 451

Methods of Teaching Writing (3)

ARAB 315

Palestinian Literature (3)

EDAR 452

Testing (3)

ARAB 331

Arabic Criticism (3)

EDAR 461

Teaching Literary Criticism (3)

 

Teaching English specialist courses: 

ENGL 203

English Writing Skills I (3)

ENGL 336

Literature of the Modern Period and the Post Modern Period (3)

ENGL 204

English Writing Skills II (3)

EDEN 261

English Literature (3)

ENGL 205

Oral Communication (3)

EDEN 361

Teach. Listening and Speaking (3)

ENGL 206

English Grammar I (3)

EDEN 451

Topics in Prof. Self-Develop. (3)

ENGL 214

Prose Fiction (3)

EDEN 452

Teach. Read. Writ. and Gram. (3)

ENGL 301

Introduction to Linguistics (3)

EDEN 453

Teaching Literature (3)

ENGL 305

Second Language Acquisition (3)

EDEN 461

Testing (3)

ENGL 322

Advanced Oral Communication (3)

 

 

 

Teaching History / Geography specialist courses: 

HIST 200

Historiography & Hist. Meth.(3)

GEOG 223

Economic Geography (2)

HIST 201

Pre-history of the Mid. East (3)

GEOG 311

Historical and Political Geog. (2)

HIST 302

Ancient Hist. of the Mid East (3)

GEOG 322

Geography of the Arab World (3)

HIST 312

Hist. & Civil. of Arabs & Islam(3)

GEOG 411

Geography of Palestine (3)

HIST 400

Modern Hist. of the World (3)

EDGH 222

Teaching and Reading Maps (3)

HIST 413

The Arab under Ottomans (3)

EDGH 312

Critique of Geographical Texts (1)

HIST 414

Modern. Hist. of Arab World (3)

EDGH 422

Field Trips (2)

GEOG 211

Intro. to Phys. and Hum. Geog. (3)

EDGH 415

Teaching Oral History (3)

 

Teaching Mathematics specialist courses:

MATH 141

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4)

MATH 371

Applied Mathematics (3)

MATH 142

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4)

EDMA 100

Pre-calculus (Algebra and Trigonometry) (4)                       

MATH 232

History of Mathematics (or any MATH course) (3)

EDMA 239

Geometry for Teachers (3)

MATH 234

Differential Equations (3)

EDMA 241

Calculus III and Complex Variables for Teachers(4)

MATH 235

Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

EDMA 333

Advanced Statistics for SAT (3)

MATH 238

Discrete Mathematics (3)      

EDMA 334

Real Analysis for Teachers (3)

MATH 331

Probability (3)  

EDMA 431

Algebra for Teachers (3)

MATH 332

Theory of Numbers  (3)

CAIS 131

Introduction to Programming (3) 

 

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations.

 

Paradigm of courses

Bachelor of Education Teaching Arabic

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC131

Psych. of Teach. and Learning

3

EDUC 200

Foundations of Education

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Math.

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

POLS 300

Political Science

3

 

 

15

 

 

15


Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

 CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 205

Measurement & Evaluation

3

ARAB 251

Introduction to Grammar I

3

EDUC 212

Initial School Experience

1

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

EDUC 305

Guidance and Counseling

3

EDAR 251

Teach. Classical Arabic Lit.

3

ARAB 105

Arabic Calligraphy

1

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

ARAB 142

Prosody

3

 

 

 

ARAB 252

Introduction to Grammar II

3

 

 

 

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

 

 

15

 

 

17

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 213

Instructional Materials

3

EDUC 302

Gen. Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 313

Computer & Statistics

3

EDUC 327

Research Methods II

1

EDUC 326

Research Methods I

3

EDUC 338

Participating in Teaching

2

EDUC 337

Classroom Observation

1

ARAB 213

Texts Analysis

2

ARAB 311

Abbasid Literature

3

ARAB 315

Palestinian Literature

3

EDAR 351

Applied Linguistics

3

EDAR 352

Language Skills

3

 

 

 

EDAR 361

M.Teach. Read. & Oral Skills

3

 

 

16

 

 

17


Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 409

Special Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 389

Senior Seminar

1

EDUC 413

Teaching in Schools

2

EDUC 414

E-learning in Education

2

EDAR 362

Methods of Teach. Grammar

3

ARAB 331

Arabic Criticism

3

EDAR 451

Methods of Teaching Writing

3

EDAR 461

Teaching Literary Criticism

3

EDAR 452

Testing

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

 

 

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Bachelor of Education Teaching English

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 131

Psych. of Teach. and Learning

3

EDUC 200

Foundations of Education

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

MATH111

Fundamentals of Math.

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

General Elective

3

 

 

 

15

 

 

15


Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

ENGL 203

English Writing Skills

3

EDUC 212

Initial School Experience

1

ENGL 205

Oral Communication

3

EDUC 305

Guidance and Counseling

3

ENGL 214

Prose Fiction

3

ENGL 204

English Writing Skills II

3

POLS 300

Political Science

3

ENGL 206

English Grammar I

3

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

EDEN 261

English Literature

3

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 213

Instructional Materials

3

EDUC 302

Gen. Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 313

Computer and Statistics

3

EDUC 327

Research Methods II

1

EDUC 326

Research Methods I

3

EDUC 338

Participating in Teaching

2

EDUC 337

Classroom Observation

1

ENGL 322

Advanced Oral Communication

3

ENGL 301

Introduction to Linguistics

3

ENGL 336

Literature of Modern Period and the Post Modern Period

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

EDEN 361

Teach. Listening & Speaking

3

 

 

 

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 409

Special Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 389

Senior Seminar

1

EDUC 413

Teaching in Schools

2

EDUC 414

E-learning in Education

2

EDEN 451

Professional Self-Develop.

3

ENGL 305

Second Language Acquisition

3

EDEN 452

Teach., Read., Writ. & Gram.

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

EDEN 453

Teaching Literature

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

EDEN 461

Testing

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Bachelor of Education Teaching History/Geography

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 131

Psych. of Teach. and Learning

3

EDUC 200

Foundations of Education

3

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

HIST 200

Historiography & Hist. Meth

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

MATH111

Fundamentals of Math.

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 205

Measurement & Evaluation

3

GEOG 211

Intro. of Phys. & Hum.Geog.

3

EDUC 212

Initial School Experience

1

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

EDUC 305

Guidance and Counseling

3

POLS 300

Political Science

3

HIST 201

Pre-history of Middle East

3

 

General Elective

2

GEOG 223

Economic Geography

2

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

EDGH 222

Teaching & Reading Maps

3

 

 

16

 

 

15

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 213

Instructional Materials

3

EDUC 302

General Methods grade 5-10

3

EDUC 313

Computer and Statistics

3

EDUC 327

Research Methods II

1

EDUC 326

Research Methods I

3

EDUC 338

Participating in Teaching

2

EDUC 337

Classroom Observation

1

GEOG 322

Geography of the Arab World

3

GEOG 311

Historical & Political Geog.

2

HIST 312

Hist.&Civil. of Arabs &Islam

3

HIST 302

Ancient Hist. of Mid. East

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

EDGH 312

Critique of Geog. Texts

1

 

 

18

 

 

16


Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 409

Special Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 414

E-learning in Education

2

EDUC 413

Teaching in Schools

2

EDUC 389

Senior Seminar

1

GEOG 411

Geography of Palestine

3

HIST 414

Modern Hist. of Arab World

3

HIST 400

Modern History of the World

3

EDGH 415

 Teaching Oral History

3

HIST 413

Arabs under the Ottomans

3

EDGH 422

Field Trips

2

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

 

 

 

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Bachelor of Education Teaching Mathematics

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 131

Psych. of Teach. and Learning

3

EDUC 200

Foundations of Education

3

EDMA 100

Pre-calculus (Algebra and Trigonometry)                       

4

MATH 141

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

4

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Language Skills II

3

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 205

Measurement & Evaluation

3

EDUC 313

Computer and Statistics

3

EDUC 212

Initial School Experience

1

MATH 142

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

4

EDUC 305

Guidance and Counseling

3

MATH 238

Discrete Mathematics

3

EDMA 239

Geometry for Teachers

3

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

EDMA 241

Calculus III and Complex Variables for Teachers

4

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

ECON 300

Basic Economics             

3

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 213

Instructional Materials

3

EDUC 302

General Methods grade 5-10

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods I

3

EDUC 327

Research Methods II

1

EDUC 337

Classroom Observation

1

EDUC 338

Participating in Teaching

2

MATH 234

Differential Equations

3

MATH 235

Introduction to Linear Algebra

3

MATH 331

Probability

3

EDMA 333

Advanced Statistics for SAT

3

CAIS 131

Introduction to Programming

3

EDMA 334

Real Analysis for Teachers

3

 

 

 

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

 

16

 

 

16


Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 409

Special Methods Grades 5-10

3

EDUC 414

E-learning in Education

2

EDUC 413

Teaching in Schools

2

EDUC 389

Senior Seminar

1

MATH 332

Theory of Numbers                    

3

MATH 232

History of Mathematics

3

MATH 371

Applied Mathematics

3

EDMA 431

Algebra for Teachers

3

POLS 300

Political Science

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

 

FINE ARTS                                          

2

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

 

 

16

 

 

15

 

Higher Education Diploma Programs

Teachers who have previously earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree from Bethlehem University, or any other institution of higher education, may enroll in a relevant Higher Education Diploma in Methods of Teaching: Arabic, English, Math, Science, History and Geography, and Christian Education.  All 30 credits required must be earned at Bethlehem University; no transfer credits are accepted.

Paradigm of courses

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching: Mathematics 

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Education

3

EDUC213MT

Instructional Materials (Math)

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement & Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

School Guidance & Counseling

3

EDUC 315

Special Methods of Teaching I (Math)

3

EDUC 316

Special Methods of Teaching II (Math)

3

 

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching:  Science

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 213SC

Instructional Materials (Science)

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

School Guidance and Counseling

3

EDUC 317

Special Methods of Teaching I (Science)

3

EDUC 318

Special Methods of Teaching II (Science)

3

 

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching: Arabic

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 213A

Instructional Materials (Arabic)

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

School Guidance and Counseling

3

EDUC 319

Special Methods of Teaching I (Arabic)

3

EDUC 320

Special Methods of Teaching II (Arabic)

3

 

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching: English

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 213E

Instructional Materials (English)

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

School Guidance and Counseling

3

EDUC 321

Special Methods of Teaching I (English)

3

EDUC 322

Special Methods of Teaching II (English)

3

 

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching:  Civics

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 213HG

Instructional Materials (History and Geography)

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement &Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

Sch. Guidance &Counseling

3

EDUC 323

Special Methods of Teaching I (History and Geography)

3

EDUC 324

Special Methods of Teaching II (History and Geography)

3

 

Paradigm # 1 – Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching:  Christian Religion

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 213CR

Instructional Materials (Christian Religion)

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER  SEMESTER

CR

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

EDUC 305

School Guidance and Counseling

3

EDUC 328

Special Methods of Teaching I (Christian Religion)

3

EDUC 329

Special Methods of Teaching II (Christian Religion)

3

 

Paradigm # 2 – Other Bachelor Degrees

Higher Education Diploma in Teaching:  Christian Religion

First Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 200

Foundation of Education

3

EDUC 201

Developmental Psychology

3

 

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 202

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 213A

Instructional Materials (Arabic)

3

EDUC 326

Research Methods in Educ.

3

EDUC 314

School Curriculum

3

 

Second Year

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 205

Measurement and Evaluation

3

EDUC 328

Special Methods of Teaching I (Christian Religion)

3

 

FALL  SEMESTER

CR

SPRING  SEMESTER

CR

EDUC 305

School Guidance and Counseling

3

RELS 200

Synoptic Gospels

4

EDUC 329

Special Methods of Teaching II (Christian Religion)

3

RELS 209

Ethics (Moral Theology)

3

 

 

 

RELS 220

Christian Doctrine

4

 

Description of Courses

EDUC 131 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Cr. 3)

This course is a general introductory survey, presenting fundamental concepts in psychology with emphasis on mental functions and personality. It also deals with essentials in developmental theories.

EDUC 151 Psychology of Learning (Cr. 3)

This is a fundamental course in the early childhood education programs at Bethlehem University. It discusses the theoretical background of the learning process in terms of its psychological components. Focus is placed upon the different theories of learning and their application to the students’ own learning process.

EDUC 152 Drama for Teachers of Young Children (Cr. 3)

This is a fundamental course in the early childhood education programs at Bethlehem University. It attempts to develop the students' perceptions of themselves as teachers of young children. The course consists of a series of drama exercises for the teachers of young children so as to enhance creative self-expression and to develop an understanding of the children’s environment.

EDUC 153 Palestinian Family (Cr. 3)

This course discusses the family as a social institution and a connection between a person and social ambiance to which he is related. Emphasis is placed on the importance of socialization, politicization and enculturation within the context of the Palestinian family and society.

EDUC 161 Development and Growth of Young Children (Cr. 3)

This course discusses the growth and development characteristics of the early childhood stage in the context of the overall human development. It is based on the various theories of child development.

EDUC 162 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This is one of the central courses in the early childhood programs. It contributes to the development of the student’s vision of the educational philosophy which is adopted by the early childhood programs at Bethlehem University. This course presents basic and common principles of Early Childhood Education Care and Development and the convention of the Rights of the Child and the possibility of its implementation in the local society.

EDUC 163 Creativity and Play (Cr. 3)

This course illustrates the importance of play in enhancing the child’s self- concept and in promoting his/her latent ability to learn. It discusses the role of play in developing: the sensory motor skills, expressive language, cognitive and intellectual skills, social skills, imagination and creativity.

EDUC 200 Foundations of Education (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the concept, principles and historical development of education. It also covers the development of education through the ages and a group of educational philosophies, and a study of significant modern and old educational philosophies.

EDUC 201 Developmental Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course introduces fundamental concepts in psychology and developmental psychology with greater emphasis on mental functions and personality, developmental stages and theories. Focus is placed on their implications in relation to educational process.

EDUC 202 Educational Psychology (Cr. 3)

The course includes the application of the behaviorist, gestalt, and humanist theories of the cognitive and affective factors in the teaching-learning process and their applications to classroom management, active learning, motivation, creativity, and discipline.

EDUC 205 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (Cr. 3)

The course studies the theory of testing and measurement in the school. Emphasis is given to construction, administration, evaluation, and interpretation of teacher-made tests. Study is made of the techniques for measuring intelligence and achievement.

EDUC 212 Initial School Experience (Cr. 1)

This course offers students the opportunity to understand school environment, laws and regulations, curricula and extra-curricula activities. Students learn the role and duties of school principals, teachers and various school committees, the relationship between school and its local community. Students learn teaching ethics, the educational context of the school, how decisions are made, methods of resolving conflict and ways of internal and external communication. This course helps students test their aptitudes, readiness and desire to be a teacher.

EDUC 213A Arabic Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

This course deals with practical experiences in locating, adapting, and constructing inexpensive materials for classroom use to increase the skills and comprehension and retention of cognitive information. Attention is given to the efficient and effective use of audiovisual materials.

EDUC 213E English Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

This course deals with practical experiences in locating, adapting, and constructing inexpensive materials for classroom use to increase the skills and comprehension and retention of cognitive information. Attention is given to the efficient and effective use of audiovisual materials.

EDUC 213HG History and Geography Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

This course deals with practical experiences in locating, adapting, and constructing inexpensive materials to use in the classroom to increase the skills and the comprehension and retention of cognitive information. Attention is given to the efficient and effective use of audiovisual materials.

EDUC 213CR Christian Religion Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

This course deals with practical experiences in locating, adapting, and constructing inexpensive materials for classroom use to increase the skills and comprehension and retention of cognitive information. Attention is given to the efficient and effective use of audiovisual materials.

EDUC 213MT Mathematics Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

The course studies various procedures used in designing, producing and evaluating materials used in Math instruction. It includes the production of locally made instructional materials used in teaching Math.

EDUC 213SC Science Instructional Materials (Cr. 3)

The course studies various procedures used in designing, producing and evaluating materials used in Science instruction. It includes the production of locally made instructional materials used in teaching Science.

EDUC 250 Learning Theories (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective aspects of human learning. Focus is placed upon the various theories of learning and their application to both the student's own learning processes, and also to enable patients and relatives to learn in a therapeutic situation.

EDUC 251 Thought and Language Acquisition (Cr. 3)

This course discusses the nature of the relation between language and thought in early childhood. It gives students practical experiences contributing to the discovery of developing factors of language as a thinking tool which effects and is affected by thought. It also develops the students’ understanding for the basic role of the child’s language environment and its effect on his/her perceptions, thinking abilities and skills in addition to academic readiness. It also discusses the role of the teacher of early childhood in developing the child’s language and thought.

EDUC 252 Music in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with various musical experiences in developing their musical appreciation, understanding basic principles of movement, auditory skills and listening, folklore movement and creating stories with music and movement.

EDUC 260 Research in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This course develops the student’s ability to use organized scientific methods of research in the field of Early Childhood Education as well as solving problems they face inside and outside the school. Various methods of collecting valid, reliable and objective data are explored. Data analysis and interpretation are discussed in view of communicating relevant information to parents and administration as well as using it for the maximal benefit of the child.

EDUC 263 Storytelling (Cr. 3)

Storytelling is a fundamental, experiential course in the development of the speaking voice of teachers of young children. Students study the physiology of the voice and breathing mechanism while simultaneously experimenting with their own vocal development. The process includes experiences in oral interpretation (individual, group and platform), storytelling (literary, cultural and imaginary), and creative dramatics.

EDUC 267 Practicum in the Pre-School I (Cr. 1)

This course develops observation skills of students through their presence in the classroom. It gives them an opportunity to live and notice the educational environment of the pre-school and the first grade. The observation includes out-door and in-door physical space, educational materials, number of children in comparison to adults, schedule, curriculum and teaching learning practices.

EDUC 269 Practicum in Grades 1-4 I (Cr. 1)

This course develops skills of students through their presence in the classroom. It gives them an opportunity to live and notice the educational environment of the preparatory class (Tamhidi), first and second grades. The observation includes out-door and in-door physical space, educational materials, number of children in comparison to adults, schedule, curriculum and teaching learning practices.

EDUC 301 Counseling (Cr. 2)

This course aims to introduce students of Occupational and Physiotherapy to general counseling principles and gives an overview of the different counseling techniques. Emphasis is placed upon the development of appropriate counseling skills for therapists.

EDUC 302 General Methods Grades 5-10 (Cr. 3)

This course includes the study of the school curriculum grades 5-10 in the students’ major field of study. Students develop educational goals and objectives, establish long-range and daily plans, prepare and practice various presentation skills and develop materials and aids to enhance the learning process.

EDUC 305 Guidance and Counseling (Cr. 3)

This is a practical course for students with a strong interest in psychology and education. It acquaints students with fundamentals of modern guidance programs and general counseling principles and techniques. Students develop psychological foundations for the counseling setting on the West Bank.

EDUC 313 Computer and Statistics (Cr. 3)

This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, different statistical techniques and how to use them in the students/teachers' related fields and work. The course also includes an introduction to the computer and how to use it in statistical work.

EDUC 314 School Curriculum (Cr. 3)

This course qualifies prospective student teachers through acquainting them with the characteristics of the subject curriculum and analyzing it. It also trains them how to identify and formulate instructional objectives in all their cognitive, affective and psycho-motor domains. Moreover, the course helps them prepare daily, term and annual plans.

EDUC 315 Special Methods of Teaching I (Math) (Cr.3)

This course deals with basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing the content, deriving objectives and specifying the appropriate activities.

EDUC 316 Special Methods of Teaching II (Math) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop teaching skills.

EDUC 317 Special Methods of Teaching I (Science) (Cr.3)

This course deals with the basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and the modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing content, deriving objectives and specifying appropriate activities.

EDUC 318 Special Methods of Teaching II (Science) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop the teaching skills.

EDUC 319 Special Methods of Teaching I (Arabic) (Cr.3)

This course deals with basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and the modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing content, deriving objectives and specifying appropriate activities.

EDUC 320 Special Methods of Teaching II (Arabic) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop the teaching skills.

EDUC 321 Special Methods of Teaching I (English) (Cr.3)

This course deals with basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing content, deriving objectives and specifying appropriate activities.

EDUC 322 Special Methods of Teaching II (English) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop teaching skills.

EDUC 323 Special Methods of Teaching I (Civics) (Cr.3)

This course deals with basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing content, deriving objectives and specifying appropriate activities.

EDUC 324 Special Methods of Teaching II (Civics) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop the teaching skills.

EDUC 325 Teaching Language Arts (Cr. 3)

This course studies the nature of language and the psycho- and socio- linguistic aspects of language acquisition. Emphasis is placed on teaching language arts skills (reading, writing, spelling, listening, speaking) and children's literature. Alternative methods of teaching language arts are presented and discussed in the light of existing primary grade curricula. Prerequisite: ARAB 310.

EDUC 326 Research Methods in Education I (Cr. 3)

This course acquaints students with the significance of educational research with respect to their role as an educator. It also enables students to acquire skills of planning and conducting educational research, to design and use tools of research, and to analyze and interpret the results.

EDUC 327 Research Methods in Education II (Cr. 1)

This course is a continuation of EDUC 326. It emphasizes data analysis, interpretation of results and conclusions.

EDUC 328 Special Methods of Teaching I (Christian Religion) (Cr.3)

This course deals with basics and principles of teaching and skills that are consistent with the nature of the specialization and modern teaching approaches. This includes surveying teaching methods and various skills, analyzing content, deriving objectives and specifying appropriate activities.

EDUC 329 Special Methods of Teaching II (Christian Religion) (Cr.3)

This course develops skills in lesson planning and application of various instructional methods, skills and technology in the subject through the use of inductive and deductive approaches and problem solving in teaching facts, curricula, principles and self-learning. The course also includes a practicum to develop the teaching skills.

EDUC 337 Classroom Observation (Cr. 1)

In this course students observe classes in their major in grades 5 – 10, to experience the classroom environment, teaching methods, educational activities, education methods and teaching aids. This course acquaints students with the roles of the teachers and pupils and the nature of the relationship between them.

EDUC 338 Participating in Teaching (Cr. 2)

In this course, students plan, implement, evaluate and follow-up teaching/ learning sessions in their major for grades 5–10 under the full supervision, guidance, follow-up and presence of cooperative school teachers to learn from their advice and consultation. Students are expected to attend and participate in school meetings, activities, programs, committees and take on any task assigned from the principal and/or cooperative teacher.

EDUC 351 Principles of Guiding Young Children (Cr. 3)

This course discusses educational approaches and teachers behavior in Palestinian schools and the outcome of these approaches on children’s personality development. The emphasis, in this course, is on alternative guidance and educational skills, which preserve the natural development of children. This course helps educators to understand and to fulfill the needs of children by providing healthy educational settings in schools and to realize the effect of their behavior on the children’s mental health.

EDUC 352 Arts and Crafts in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This course discusses the importance of arts and crafts in the development of the young child. The arts and crafts curriculum in the pre-school and the first four grades, extra-curriculum activities, as well as activities appropriate for youth and children’s clubs, are included.

EDUC 353 Teaching Children Physical Education (Cr. 2)

This course provides concepts related to physical education philosophy and its significance to this period. It also outlines the curriculum used at this stage, methods of designing the annual plan, lesson plans, and evaluation. The course also helps students understand characteristics of children's movement and activities appropriate for this stage.

EDUC 354 Teaching Children Environment & Social Studies (Cr. 2)

This course focuses on social and environment subjects in grades 1 to 4 as integrated and interrelated subjects based on active learning experiences. Analysis of content of social studies school texts and relevance to the lives of the pupil, planning, conducting, supervising and evaluating teaching sessions and meetings are included.

EDUC 355 Children’s Literature (Cr. 3)

The course introduces the importance of children’s literature in bringing joy to children as well as developing their linguistic abilities both orally and in writing. Children’s literature also plays a significant role in developing the readers’ cognition and the necessary steps for reading and writing readiness. The course introduces various kinds of children’s literature and tests theirvalidity in both content and form for pre-school and elementary school children.

EDUC 356 Community Education in Pre-School (Cr. 3)

This course deals with the social science curriculum in the pre-school. It discusses the importance of the hidden curriculum in the development of the cultural and social identity of the child.

EDUC 357 Practicum in the Pre-School II (Cr. 1)

This course provides experiences to help students discover their own abilities and skills as teachers of the pre-school stage. It concentrates on developing classroom interaction between teachers and children as well as children with each other. In addition, their interaction with children in the non-curricular activities of daily life and their participation in the activities of the early childhood continuous campaign “New Dawn” furthers their experience.

EDUC 359 Practicum for Grades 1-4 II (Cr. 1)

This course provides experiences to help students discover their own abilities and skills as teachers of grades 1-4. It concentrates on developing classroom interaction between teachers and children as well as among children. In addition their interaction with children in the non-curricular activities of daily life and their participation in the activities of the early childhood continuous campaign “New Dawn” furthers their experience.

EDUC 360 Moral Education in the Pre-School (Cr. 3)

This course deals with moral education and its importance in shaping and creating human character in the pre-school stage. It discusses stages of moral and spiritual growth which children go through during the early childhood years. In addition it increases the students' understanding the nature of children as well as planning and implementing activities that develop moral values within the child.

EDUC 361 Testing and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This course assists students to acquire skills required to prepare and use tests as educational tools in order to promote individualized teaching. Furthermore, meeting individual needs of learners in view of their personal circumstances and abilities are also acquired.

EDUC 362 Teaching Children Mathematics and Science (Cr. 3)

This course exposes students to a variety of teaching techniques in math and science. Emphasis is on developing abilities and skills to teach mathematical and scientific concepts by means of hands-on activities in the classroom. Moreover, students are trained how to design math and science activities by using the “Discovery Method”.

EDUC 363 Teaching Children a Second Language (Cr. 3)

The course is divided into two parts. In the first part important issues in language, learning and teaching are addressed. The following questions are raised: What is the nature of the language? How is it acquired? What are the skills and instincts that young children bring to learning a foreign language? What is the teacher’s role in promoting second language development? The second part of the course is practical. Aspects of the methodology relevant to teaching children a second language are observed and discussed. The merits and practicalities of topic-centered and activity-based language teaching are highlighted.

EDUC 364 Teaching Children Religious Education (Cr. 2)

This course deals with moral and religious education and its importance in shaping and creating human character in the early stages. It discusses various theories of moral and spiritual growth which children experience. It also presents various methods and styles in teaching religious education in the first four years of schooling which concentrate on the child as the active agent in the learning process.

EDUC 365 Pre-School Administration (Cr. 2)

This course focuses on educational administration skills in kindergartens. It includes concepts and processes of leadership as supports of learning experiences. It also includes the leadership role in enhancing and developing activities as well as cooperation of children, parents, and the local community with kindergartens.

EDUC 366 Movement Education in the Pre-School (Cr. 3)

This course introduces the concept of movement education and its significance in the development of children’s character. It focuses on children at the 3-5 year stage and on the significance and variety of movement activities as well as teaching methods that are suitable for children at this stage.

EDUC 367 Practicum in the Pre-School III (Cr. 1)

This course provides experiences that help students develop communication skills, verbal and non-verbal. It concentrates on students’ interaction with children, teachers and other adults who work in kindergartens.

EDUC 368 Science and Math in Pre-School (Cr. 3)

This course equips students with a variety of teaching techniques in math and science. Emphasis is on developing abilities and skills to teach mathematical and scientific concepts through hands-on activities in the classroom. Moreover, students are trained to design math and science activities by using the “Discovery Method.”

EDUC 369 Practicum Teach. In Grades 1-4 III (Cr. 1)

This course provides experiences that help students develop communication skills, verbal and non-verbal. It concentrates on students’ interaction with children, teachers and other adult who work in grades 1-4.

EDUC 389 Senior Seminar in Elementary Education (Cr. 1)

This course provides seniors an opportunity to review, organize and integrate material from previous major courses. Seminar participants present papers for open discussion and response of students and faculty members, assisting as coordinators or resource consultants, at seminar sessions. The seminar meets weekly and attendance is required for graduation.

EDUC 409 Special Methods in Grades 5-10 (Cr. 3)

The course helps students develop skills in planning and presenting effective teaching for grades 5-10 in the specialty field, such as Arabic Language, English Language or science and mathematics. Topics included in this course are: a model for instruction, individualized instruction, and improving creative and critical thinking skills.

EDUC 413 Teaching in School (Cr. 2)

Students take the full role and responsibility of the cooperative teacher in their major for grades 5–10. Practicing students are required to present and discuss their teaching plans with the cooperative teacher, listen to his/her comments and advice to improve performance as a teacher.

EDUC 414 E-learning in Education (Cr. 2)

This course focuses on the status of the computer and internet in the teaching and learning process as a tool and as a source of information. It focuses as well on the role and areas of using computers and internets in classroom teaching and in various educational activities.

EDUC 451 Instructional Materials and Equipment in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 3)

This course is an advanced course where students implement active learning principles in producing and evaluating a wide range of educational materials. Students are encouraged to explore various types of equipment and materials that promote the learner's creative and critical thinking.

EDUC 452 Working with Parents (Cr. 3)

This course discusses the importance of the positive and strong relationship between the different partners who are working with the child such as: the home, the school, cultural center etc... It introduces the various ways and methods used to strengthen the partnership between them which is needed to improve and develop early childhood.

EDUC 453 Integrated Curriculum (Cr. 2)

This course emphasizes the concept of the “Comprehensive Teacher.” Based on the analysis of the prescribed curricula students are encouraged to plan cross-subject themes in grades 1-4. This enables the teacher to comprehensively teach all subjects to a particular class or grade level.

EDUC 454 The Pre-School Curriculum (Cr. 3)

This course deals with the curriculum in the pre-school stage as a general framework based on needs and characteristics of children at this stage, which focuses on the nature of the educational environment. It concentrates on principles of the planning process focusing on children as a center of the learning process. It provides students with various experiences related to types, aspects and components of the planning process whether activities, experiences, materials and equipment used in the continuous evaluation of children to achieve individualization. The course also deals with teachers' self-evaluation and that of all partners participating in the educational process in order to develop themselves

EDUC 457 Practicum in the Pre-School IV (Cr. 1)

The course provides students with various experiences in planning and implementing activities with pre-school children concerning various topics such as: arts and crafts, children’s literature, music and movement. Students also work on their graduation seminar proposal.

EDUC 459 Practicum in Grades 1-4 IV (Cr. 1)

This course provides the students with different experiences in planning and implementing activities with the first grade children concerning various topics such as: arts, crafts, math and science, environment, language and religion. Students also work on their graduation seminar proposal.

EDUC 461 Children with Special Needs (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with a foundation of knowledge about children with special educational needs. This applies to the talented, the slow learner, and those who deviate from the so-called normal because of physical or sensory impairment, degree of mental endowment, or problems of emotional adjustment. Teachers need to be able to recognize these needs, and to be aware of what can be done in ordinary schools to enhance the development of children’s potentials within their individualities and differences.

EDUC 462 Computer in Early Childhood Education (Cr. 2)

This course is divided into three main sections. The first is computer literacy, where basics of information technology, with emphasis on using computers, are covered. The second is basics of computer-based education, starting from curriculum design to computer education requirements, assessing the needs of teaching software and the quality and characteristics of such programs. The third part is a practical and research component where the students apply skills learned in the first two parts to a case study.

EDUC 467 Practicum in the Pre-School V (Cr. 1)

This course provides students with an opportunity to take the complete role of the teacher in pre-school. Students plan a weekly program based on the integrated curriculum course, with co-ordination of the classroom teacher and the practicum supervisor. This program includes educational objectives, various activities, educational materials, games, and evaluation tools. In addition students implement the program with the children and evaluate it with the teacher and the practicum supervisor.

EDUC 469 Practicum in Grades 1-4 V (Cr. 1)

This course provides students with an opportunity to take the complete role of the teacher in the first four grades. Students plan a weekly program based on the integrated curriculum course, with co-ordination of the classroom teacher and the practice supervisor. This program includes educational objectives, various activities, educational materials, games and evaluation tools. In addition students implement the program with children and evaluate it with the teacher and the practicum supervisor.

 

Teaching of the Arabic Language

EDAR 251 Teaching Classical Arabic Literature (Cr. 3)

This course involves the study of outstanding aspects of the Jahilite age (diction, poetry, writing) in the context of the social structure of Jahilite society. It also deals with Islamic literature represented in the early period of the Umayyad period. Texts from the Qur’an, Hadith and poetry are included.

EDAR 351 Applied Linguistics (Cr. 3)

This course emphasizes phonetics, Arabic sounds, morphology, structure, the Arabic word, stems, phonology, semantics and transformational generative grammar as it applies to the language arts curriculum in the grades 5-10.

EDAR 352 Language Skills (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to enhance the students' writing ability using various techniques of paragraph development and expository writing at the essay level.

EDAR 361 Methods of Teaching Reading and Oral Skills (Cr. 3)

This course introduces the subject area teacher to the methodology of teaching reading skills, formulation of behavioral objectives and the basis of oral and spoken reading of poems.

EDAR 362 Methods of Teaching Grammar (Cr. 3)

In this course, students learn methods of teaching Arab grammar skills from the fifth to the tenth grade. Major problems in teaching grammar, formulating teaching objectives, and class applications are addressed.

EDAR 451 Methods of Teaching Writing (Cr. 3)

This course introduces the methodology in teaching writing skills within the following main areas:

  • Types of Arab Calligraphy and the formulation of its objectives and pedagogy.
  • Dictation types and the behavioral objectives for teaching them. The obstacles and issues related to teaching this vital area are also addressed.

Writing skills include: problems, the formulation of objectives, the sources of improvement and the ways of teaching.

EDAR 452 Testing (Cr. 2)

This course guides students in procedures for planning, writing, administering and analyzing classroom language tests. Testing of specific skills is addressed: reading, listening, writing, speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is not only on understanding principles of language testing but also on how these principles are applied in practice.

EDAR 461 Teaching Literary Criticism (Cr. 3)

Students, in this course, are exposed to the nature of literary criticism and the nature of critical work of Arabic literature in its various periods. Emphasis is based on literary texts drawn from the curriculum of grades 5-10.

 

Teaching of the English Language

EDEN 261 English Literature (Cr. 3)

This is a survey course of the most significant works and authors of English literature beginning from Shakespeare till the present. It examines these works within their cultural contexts and emphasizes the intellectual and literary development from one age to another. It aims at giving the student a general view of English literature as a whole.

EDEN 361 Teaching Listening and Speaking (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the latest methods and techniques used in teaching listening and speaking skills and sub-skills. Students are offered the opportunity to analyze, evaluate and design listening and speaking activities and tasks for the English class at the grade school level.

EDEN 451 Topics in Professional Self-Development (Cr. 3)

This course offers students the opportunity to utilize reflection, self-inquiry and self-evaluation as a way of professional development. It adopts an action-research component to teacher education. The following topics are covered: lesson planning, classroom management, approaches to classroom investigation in testing, classroom talk (teacher questions, error correction, giving feedback, instructions), and materials evaluation and adaptation. Students engage in action-research oriented tasks and activities that help them acquire some basic professional skills that a reflective, self-directed teacher should possess.

EDEN 452 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the latest methods and techniques used in teaching reading and writing skills and sub-skills as well as grammar. Reading and writing are approached as creative processes that involve interaction between reader and text and writer and audience. Students are offered the opportunity to analyze, evaluate and design reading and writing activities and tasks for an English class at the grade school level. They are also introduced to a variety of techniques and resources they are used in teaching grammar in a meaningful context with emphasis on the use of dramatic activities, role-playing, pictures, songs, games and problem-solving and text-based activities.

EDEN 453 Teaching Literature (Cr. 3)

This course explores the important role that literature plays in the English language classroom. This course aims to instruct students how to approach texts of various literary genres in the grade school classroom.

The course also examines the various difficulties of teaching/learning literature within the English language school syllabus and proposes ways for overcoming these difficulties.

EDEN 461 Testing (Cr. 3)

This course guides students in procedures for planning, writing, administering and analyzing classroom language tests. Testing of specific skills is addressed: reading, listening, writing, speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis of the course is not only on understanding the principles of language testing but also on how these principles are applied in practice.

 

Teaching of History/Geography

EDGH 222 Teaching and Reading Maps (Cr.3)

This course defines maps and their basic characteristics, the study and teaching of kinds of maps, basic elements in a map or map projections, scales and helping elements such as color and contour lines, reading and analyzing detailed topographic and geological tourist maps, aerial photos, satellite photos and their use in geographical aspects. Making maps by computer and studying the Geographic Information System (GIS) are included.

EDGH 312 Critique of the Geographical Text (Cr. 1)

This course promotes students critical analysis and thinking in the literature of geography. It develops their ability to analyze facts and realities as well as reading them objectively. The historical and geographical narration, especially in our region, was subject to modification, falsification, and denial of the facts in order to serve the interest of the colonial powers. A critical study of the texts enables students to identify the reality and to criticize the forged version.

EDGH 415 Teaching Oral History (Cr. 3)

This course involves both theoretical and field studies. Students are introduced to oral history methods and literature on the subject. This is followed by step by step instructions on how to make interviews, collect data and teach oral history in grade schools.

EDGH 422 Field Trips (Cr. 2)

In this course, offered during the spring semester, senior students take six trips to geographical, historical, archeological sites as well as ancient settlements in Palestine. Students have the opportunity to visually observe what they have studied throughout the years. They are accompanied by specialists who prepare them for guiding their schools in the future.

 

Teaching of Mathematics

EDMA 100 Pre-Calculus (Algebra and Trigonometry) (Cr. 4)

Mathematical reasoning and Problem Solving strategies , functions with emphasis on polynomials, rational, absolute value and trigonometric functions. Solving quadratic equations, inequalities, and absolute value. Translation and rotation of axis. Right triangle trigonometry and applications. Mathematics of finance.

EDMA 239 Geometry for Teachers (Cr. 3)

Inductive and deductive study of Euclidean geometry; includes transformations, tessellations, polyhedra, classical theorems, introduction to non-Euclidean Geometry. Review of the middle school Geometry and its teaching strategies.

EDMA 241 Calculus III and Complex Variables (Cr. 4)

Vectors and the Geometry of Space, vector functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, double integrals, basic properties of complex numbers, geometric representation of complex numbers and operations on the complex numbers, Euler’s formula, De Moivre’s Theorem, finding roots of complex numbers and the fundamental theorem of algebra.

EDMA 333 Statistics for teachers (Cr. 3)

Introduction to Sampling Theory, the student t and F distributions, estimation theory, testing hypothesis for means, proportions, variance and some regression. Applications using a software package will be heavily stressed.

EDMA 334 Real Analysis for Teachers (Cr. 3)

Careful examination of the theory of calculus through the study of the real line. Rigorous development of the concepts and methods of calculus ,the real number system and its topology, theory of limits, continuity, differentiability, Riemann integrals, infinite series .

EDMA 431 Algebra for Teachers (Cr. 3)

Introduction to Algebraic Structures: basic concepts of groups, rings of polynomials, rings of matrices and fields.
 

 

Physical Education Courses

PSED 101 Physical Education (Cr. 1)

This course provides opportunities for creative expression and efficient large muscle body movements through team sports and physical fitness equipment. The theory emphasizes physical fitness concepts and sports injuries.

PSED 103 Lawn Tennis (Cr. 1)

This course includes a study of the history, development, and rules of tennis. It offers participants the opportunity to practice basic skills of tennis as well as to experience, under guidance, the concept of team play. This course develops personal physical fitness and provides enjoyable recreation time.

PSED 110 Sports and Health (Cr. 3)

This course deals with the development of sports and its role in the prevention from diseases of modern age. It focuses on the ways for weight control, upgrading of physical fitness and practicing the sports activities available on campus. It is a 3 credit course, 2 fifty minutes of theory and two fifty minutes of practice. The theoretical part is offered for both male and female together, but the practical part is separated
 

 

Community Service Course

CMSR 101 Community Service (Cr. 1)

This course requires students to spend 60 hours in community service activities that aid the needy and marginalized members of the local Palestinian society. Through this program, students learn about community development needs and various programs designed to meet those needs. Service work is done on an individual or small group basis under faculty supervision. In addition, the course raises the awareness of students towards voluntary work. Grading for this course is on a pass/fail basis.

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