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Introduction to Middle Grades Education and Theory
An examination of contemporary middle school curriculum including current trends, issues, and models. Attention will focus on middle school adolescents, middle school teachers, integrated and interdisciplinary studies, standards based curriculum and multiple assessments. It is recommended that this be the first course in the program sequence.
Nature and Needs of the Adolescent Learner
Developmental process from birth through adulthood with an emphasis on adolescents. It is strongly suggested that students take this course as a corequisite with EDUC 3600.
Elementary Methods and Materials
This course provides a study of basic techniques involved in the effective guidance of learners in early childhood classrooms and various instructional materials adapted for use at these levels. Extensive daytime observation and participation in area schools is required. Teacher candidates will work with college supervisors and school mentors in the planning for the final semester’s student teaching activities.
Science in Elementary Education
This course is designed to develop basic science knowledge, concepts, and skills and incorporate them into learning experiences for young children in grades P-5. The content is drawn from a wide range of science topics. Emphasis is placed on student involvement in science and learning experiences. Field experience required.
Internship in Elementary Education
Internship Special Education
Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching
Seminar for secondary education teacher candidates while enrolled in student teaching. All requirements for certification and licensure will be reviewed during this seminar.
Secondary Student Teaching
Full-time teaching experience under the supervision of a public school cooperating teacher and college supervisor. Student teaching provides the opportunity for candidates to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a variety of settings appropriate to the content and level of their preparation program and to use information technology to support teaching and learning. The classroom experience is sufficiently extensive and intensive for candidates to demonstrate competency in the professional roles for which they are preparing.
Middle School Student Teaching
Opportunity to observe and participate in classroom activities in a supervised grade 4-8 public school setting.
Seminar in Middle School Student Teaching
Seminar for Middle School education teacher candidates while enrolled in student teaching. All requirements for certification and licensure will be reviewed during this seminar.
Assessment in Middle and Secondary Education
An overview of classroom management theory and best practices as related to the characteristics of learners and effective pedagogy. Candidates will work on actual data of students they are teaching. Understanding and interpretation of state/national testing data and statistics. AYP, NCLB, TEKS, and TAP will be discussed.
Curriculum and Instruction in Education
This course is designed to give students majoring in Middle Grades and Secondary education, the opportunity to model best practices in education and to have experience in teaching in a classroom setting. Candidates will work in the area of specialization according to their degree. Content covered will include English/Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Science, Biology/Science, and Reading/Literacy. Candidates will work with the curriculum, the national and state standards, and local area curricular guides to prepare lesson and unit plans of instruction.
Seminar in Improving Student-Teaching for edTPA
Seminar for student-teachers that do not pass edTPA in order to redo the portion that is not passed and then apply for certification.
Independent Study in Education
Independent scholarship in the area of teacher education. Student must have permission of the School of Education Dean to proceed with the course. Topics will be developed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Current Topics in Education
Independent scholarship in the area of developments in education that can/will affect teacher education. Focus can be national or international. Student must have permission of the School of Education Dean to proceed with the course. Topics will be developed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Introduction to Engineering
A course that will provide students with an overview of various engineering disciplines to help them make well informed career choices in the profession. Main topics include the nature of the field and career opportunities in civil, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and other major engineering disciplines. The course will also emphasize the tools of technical communication including: recording, analyzing and presenting data, dimensional analysis, S1 conversion, curve fitting/regression analysis. Statistical tools for quality control, material balance, energy resources, and engineering economics will also be explored. Team work for a project may be required for course completion.
Introduction to Engineering Graphics
This course covers the theory and application of the design process using conventional drafting as well as CAD techniques. Development and interpretation of drawings and specifications for product realization are covered, as are elements of projection theory that enhance the ability to communicate graphically.
A course that will emphasize the principles of Statics (the branch of mechanics that deals with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium) in two and three dimensions. Internal forces in trusses, frames, machines, and continuous beams will also be covered. Other topics include dry friction, and the calculation of centroids/center of masses of curves, areas and volumes.
A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition and analysis and including the use of research skills.
Honors Composition I
A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition and analysis and including the use of research skills. The course provides opportunities for collaboration, leadership, and effective communication across media through writing projects that relate to one or more elements of the honors program outside the classroom.
A composition course emphasizing interpretation and evaluation that incorporates a variety of advanced research methods.
Honors Composition II
A composition course emphasizing interpretation and evaluation that incorporates a variety of advanced research methods. The course provides opportunities for collaboration, leadership, and effective communication across media through writing projects that relate to one or more elements of the honors program outside the classroom.
World Literature I
A survey of important works of world literature from ancient times to the seventeenth century.
World Literature II
A survey of important works of world literature from the seventeenth century to the present.
British Literature I
A survey of important works of British literature from the Old English period through the Neoclassical era.
British Literature II
A survey of important works of British literature from the Romantic period to the present.
American Literature I
A survey of American literature from the colonial age to the mid-nineteenth century.
American Literature II
A survey of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Professional Writing Practicum I
This course will provide students with the skills necessary to manage, provide and edit content for, and publish a student newspaper. ENGL 2910 will be offered each fall and does not need to be taken in sequence with its companion, ENGL 2920.
Professional Writing Practicum II
This course will provide students with the skills necessary to manage, provide and edit content for, and publish a student newspaper. ENGL 2920 will be offered each spring and does not need to be taken in sequence with its companion, ENGL 2910.
Old English and Middle English Literature
A survey and study of Old and Middle English Literature.
Renaissance British Literature
A survey and study of Renaissance British Literature.
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
A survey and study of British Literature from the Restoration in 1660 until the end of the eighteenth century.
Nineteenth-Century British Literature
A survey and study of British Romantic and Victorian Literature.
Twentieth-Century and Contemporary British Literature
A survey and study of British literature in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Early and Colonial American Literature
A survey and study of early and colonial American literature.
Romantic and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
A survey and study of Romantic and nineteenth-century American literature.
Modern and Postmodern American Literature
A survey and study of twentieth and early twenty-first century American literature.
History of English and the American Languages
A history of the development of the English language and a sociolinguistic investigation of the dialects of American English.
An introduction to creative writing, with a focus on two or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction.
An introduction to creative writing, with a focus on fiction.
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
An introduction to creative writing, with a focus on nonfiction.
Creative Writing: Poetry
An introduction to creative writing, with a focus on poetry.
Creative Writing: Script Writing
An introduction to creative writing, with a focus on script writing.
An advanced compositiion course designed to enhance proficiency in critical thinking, reading, and expository writing.
An advanced course descriptive grammar.
A study of technical communication practices in professional writing contexts including document analysis, the rhetoric of the scientific and technical professions, and the composition of technical reports, manuals, and articles.
Writing for New Media
A study of the theoretical and social implications of new media, with practical application of strategies for effective writing in multiple print, digital, and mixed media contexts.
A survey of postcolonial literatures that includes the theoretical perspectives of figures such as Said, Fanon, Spivak, Bhabha, and others.
A survey of the works, movements, and genres of African-American literature.
Minority American Literature
A survey of the works, movements, and genres of minority American literatures other than African-American, including Latino/Chicano, Native American, and Asian-American.
Foundational Authors: Chaucer
A close study of the major works of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Foundational Authors: Shakespeare
A close study of the major dramatic and poetic works of William Shakespeare.
Foundational Authors: Milton
A close study of the major poetry and prose of John Milton.
Curriculum and Methods in English/Language Arts Education
Studies the planning, teaching, evaluation, and organization of teaching English/Language Arts at middle and secondary level. The course integrates knowledge of the subject area with a field work skills component.
An individually designed, supervised, and previously approved English-related career practicum involving field experience. The course is repeatable for credit.
Special Topics in Literature and Literary Studies
A close study of a significant topic related to the study of literature and language. Topics will vary, and may include literary theory, studies in film or other new media, journalism, or genre and gender studies.
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
A close study of a significant topic in rhetoric and composition. Topics will vary and may include new media composition, composition theory, linguistics, creative non-fiction, and technical writing.
Freshman Introduction To Reasoning Essentials
Freshman Introduction to Reasoning Essentials
A two-credit hour course to stimulate students’ academic self-efficacy, depth of intellectual inquiry, and problem-solving skills through research and reflection to achieve a deeper understanding of themselves, their academic purpose, and the campus community.
Free Enterprise Seminar
An introduction to leadership, teamwork, and communication through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.
Elementary French I
An introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French and to the culture of French-speaking regions. Students who are determined by the instructor to be fluent in French through previous schoolwork or experience must take FREN 1002.
Elementary French II
A continuation of FREN 1001, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French and further study of the culture of French-speaking regions.
Intermediate French I
An extensive reading of authentic literary works in French, review of troublesome aspects of French syntax, and introduction to composition and literary discussion in French.
Intermediate French II
An extensive reading of authentic literary works in French, review of troublesome aspects of French syntax, and introduction to composition and literary discussion in French.
Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology
This course covers Earth materials and processes. Topics include an introduction to the fundamental features of the earth’s internal and external processes, identification of rocks and minerals, the nature and measurement of geologic time, and the unifying role of the theory of plate tectonics.
Introductory Geoscience II – Historical Geology
This course covers geologic time, sedimentary environments, fossils, and Earth history. Topics include an introduction to methods and concepts by which Earth history is interpreted: the geologic time scale; interpretation of the rock record;. interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes through time.
Health Information Management
Introduction to medical terminology, including root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. The course includes an introduction to pharmacology, including commonly used drugs.
Introduction to Health Care Systems and the Health Information and Informatics Professional
A study of the U.S healthcare system emphasizing critical issues being faced and the multidisciplinary nature of those issues. An introduction to Health Information Informatics Management and the role of the professional in healthcare delivery is also explored.
Pathophysiology & Essentials of Pharmacology
The study of etiology, symptomology, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of diseases with an emphasis on pathogenesis, and the study of drugs and drug therapy related to human diseases
Human Resources Administration in Health Sciences
Provides an in-depth look at the strategic management in the health care setting, including leadership in the e-health environment, productivity monitoring, change management, and process redesign. Focuses on human resources management, training, communication, and ergonomics.
Health Data Content and Structure
Provides an in-depth look at healthcare data sets including the uniform ambulatory care data set, uniform hospital discharge data set, and health care standards. Explores paper-based, hybrid, and electronic health records as well as secondary data sources, and maintenance standards.
Health Data Classification & Coding Systems II
Health Data Classification & Coding Systems III (ICD-10 coding)
Independent Study in Health Informatics
Independent study in the area of Health Informatics. Students must have permission of the Health Information Management program director to proceed with the course. Topics will be developed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Topics in Health Informatics
Attend and complete work in CSCI 2401/ITEC 2245 with additional HSIA projects assigned.
Medical Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care
Explores the study of legal principles related to patient records and patient care: confidentiality, release of information, subpoenas for patient records, and security of patient records, HIPAA privacy standards, fraud and abuse, specialized patient records, internal and external reporting, and ethical standards for health information informatics management.
Health Care Networks, Data Bases, and the Electronic Health Record
A review of the implementation and evolution of the electronic health record, technology and national initiatives in health information technology. Data infrastructure and data bases will also be a topic of discussion.
Knowledge Management and Research Support
A study of research methods using statistical analysis and research techniques addressing problematic issues in health care. Addresses project management in relation to research.
Quality Assessment & Healthcare Statistics
Examines health care data abstract systems and the computation and display of statistical data for health care planning, research, and administrative use. Additional focus on current methodology in quality improvement applications in the healthcare setting and maintaining a culture of excellence.
Explores the application of coded data and health information in the reimbursement process. Reimbursement management, federal regulations, and optimization issues will be addressed.
Internship and Seminar
Supervised learning experience in a health care facility with emphasis on computer applications, privacy and security of patient record, administration and management, health record analysis, and CPT and ICD coding.
Health Care Systems: Analysis & Design
An introduction to health information systems with topics that include system lifecycle, types of systems used, management of healthcare information system resources, and emerging technologies.
Western Civilization I
A study of Western civilization from its ancient near eastern origins to 1648.
Honors Western Civilization I
A study of Western Civilization from its ancient near eastern origin to 1648. Reading and understanding of original documents will form the basis for all class discussions. Interpretation of the documents will provide valuable critical thinking skills.
Western Civilization II
A study of Western civilization from 1648 to the present.
Honors Western Civilization II
This course is an honors survey of Western Civilization from 1648 to the present. Reading and understanding of original documents will form the basis for all class discussions. Interpretation of the documents will provide valuable critical thinking skills.
Historical Research and Writing
An introductory course for History majors and other interested students that focuses on reading historical monographs, researching effectively, formulating historical argument, and writing and documenting according to the canons of the discipline.
American History I
A study of the history of the United States from the age of discovery to 1865.
Honors American History I
This course is an honors survey of the history of the United States from the age of discovery to 1865.
American History II
A study of the history of the United States from 1865 to the present.
Archival Theory and Practice
This course is an introduction to the theory, techniques and practices that are utilized in archives development and management.
This course examines the Mediterranean World from the end of the Bronze Age through the Fall of the Roman Empire.
This course is a study of the Atlantic World System which tied Europe, Africa and the Americas into a web of economic and cultural interdependence.
This course is an examination of the major Asian Civilizations from their origins to the present.
Europe in the Middle Ages
The Renaissance and Reformation
This course covers the major political, cultural, economic and religious developments in Europe from roughly 1350 to 1648.
Colonial and Revolutionary America
This course surveys American history from initial English settlement to the end of the American Revolution.
Constitution and the Early Republic, 1783-1815
This course is a survey of American history from the end of the American Revolution to the end of the War of 1812.
The American Civil War
A study of the origins, conduct and results of the American Civil War, 1861-1865.
Reconstruction and Industrialization, 1865-1896
This course covers the major changes caused by Reconstruction and the industrialization of the country following the Civil War.
The Progressive Era and World War I, 1896-1920
This course covers the widespread reform movement, known as Progressivism and America’s emergence onto the world stage as a result of World War I.
The United States, 1920-Present
This course explores American political, economic, diplomatic and social history from 1920 to the present.
History of the American South
An exploration of the major themes and issues in Southern history from Jamestown to the present.
History of Georgia
Examines the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the state of Georgia from the colonial era to the present.
The African-American Experience
This course provides a history of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present.
This course explores the causes and processes of the dispersion of African peoples from their homelands and its global outcomes.
Modern Europe 1789 - Present
This course surveys Modern European history from the French Revolution to the present.
This course covers the history of Modern Russia with particular attention given to that period after 1861.
This course surveys Modern German history from Unification to Re-Unification and the present.
This course covers British history from the Glorious Revolution to the present.
This course considers the political, cultural and economic forces that have shaped the development of Latin America.
This course is an historical survey of the southern region of Africa from prior to Dutch settlement to the present.
Special Topics in World History
This course allows students in the history program to undertake an in-depth study of a special topic in World History.
Special Topics in European History
This course allows students in the history program to undertake an in-depth study of a special topic in European History.
Special Topics in American History
This course allows students in the history program to undertake an in-depth study of a special topic in American history.
Curriculum and Instruction in Social Science Education
This course aims to develop the planning, organizational, teaching and evaluation skills necessary for middle and secondary history instruction.
History Professional Internship
An individually designed, supervised, and previously approved history-related career practicum involving field experience. The course is repeatable for credit.
Research Seminar in History
A course that treats research methodologies in history, historiography, and the historian’s craft. Students will complete a major, original research project in American, European, or World history.
An interdisciplinary course examining Western cultural
An interdisciplinary course examining Western cultural thought and achievement in art, architecture, music, theatre, literature, philosophy, and religion, designed to develop the student’s
Introduction to Human Services
An interdisciplinary overview of the field of human services. Special attention will be given to the political, economic, organizational, and social factors currently affecting the field. Students will examine the theoretical frameworks of the field, the day-to-day functions and activities of human services organizations, and their own beliefs, values and skills related to work in human services.
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Introduction to the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research methods as applied in the social and behavioral sciences: formulating a research question, evaluating ethical issues in research, collecting and analyzing data, and developing appropriate presentation of findings.
Interviewing and Counseling
A course focused on developing knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential to effective interviewing and counseling in a variety of settings including social agencies, education, health care, and business. Emphasis on experimental learning of interviewing skills and strategies.
Human Services Agencies and Processes
This course will explore the differing characteristics of various types of human service agencies, specifically focusing on the organizational structures and processes within these agencies and impact these have on agency function. It will explore the problems associated with bureaucracies, best practices to use within them, and will investigate the reforms that seek to improve them.
Social Welfare Policies and Programs
This course deals with socio-economic welfare issues and programs such as human capital development, income redistribution, family and child-care support, food stamps, Medicare, and Medicaid. It examines current fiscal policy , social policy, and housing policy.
This course is an introduction to managerial and administrative decision making utilizing statistical analysis. The emphasis will be on use of basic descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics including estimation and hypothesis testing using contingency tables, analysis of variance, and regression. Specific examples will utilize Microsoft Excel, emphasizing decision making using datasets drawn from both business and nonprofit environments.
Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
Study of planning, program development, and evaluations as the basic functions of human services agencies. Students will learn how to analyze social welfare programs and policies by using a variety of quantitative approaches and program models. Emphasis on developing different techniques of program planning and understanding diverse evaluation techniques as they relate to data collection.
Legal and Ethical issues in Human Services
An overview of ethical and legal issues related to provision of human services including examination of ethics statements from national professional organizations related to human services and the helping professions. Issues covered will include cultural diversity, informed consent, confidentiality, equal opportunity, discrimination, responsibility to clients, and collaboration with colleagues.
Special Topics in Human Services
Provides students with an understanding of some human services phenomenon in greater depth. By treating such topics in breadth, depth, and in context, students will develop a sound understanding of the topic treated.
Special Topics in Human Service Leadership
Interactive experience designed to provide a grounding in leadership theories and frameworks and to explore a range of leadership tasks and processes. Specific topics will vary.
Human Service Internship
Supervised internship experience in an approved human services agency, relevant to the student's career aspirations. Students are responsible for securing their own internship placement according to Gordon State College internship guidelines.
Human Service Capstone Seminar
This course is the culmination of the human services program, focused on integrating students’ education and experience. Through group discussion and analysis of field experiences, students build and expand upon theoretical foundations to improve skills and techniques necessary for effective human services work.
Independent Study in Human Services
Independent investigation of a topic through a research project or a program of directed readings. Topics will be developed by the student and the sponsoring faculty member.
Introduction to Information Technology
An introduction to the nature and applications of Information Technology (IT). Topics covered include the concepts and terminology of IT, particularly hardware, software, networks, databases, and the Internet. Students also study examples of ways in which the tools of IT are applied in the workplace.
Web Design and Development
This course introduces the student to the languages of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS), and Extensible Markup Language (XML) for creating web pages that are compliant with current web standards. Students will create, publish, test, and maintain Web pages using HTML, CSS, and XML.
Foundations of Database Design
This foundational course presents terminology, basic concepts, and applications of database processing including file organization and data structures. The course emphasizes database design using various modeling techniques; database implementation using the relational model, normalization, and SQL. Students will design, create and process a database to demonstrate competency in the course content.