Courses in Educational Theory and Practice

E TAP 200 Improving Academic Discourse Skills (1)
This course, which is designed with a particular focus on international undergraduate students, includes intensive practice in academic writing and reading as well as English-language speaking skills and emphasizes the development of students' understanding of academic discourse in English and English-language skills for academic success. Students enrolled in this course will be instructed in small-group sessions by ELL specialist-students equipped with native or native-like proficiency in English. The course is open to undergraduate students of all departments and schools at the University.

E TAP 201 Exploring Teaching as a Profession (3)
Review and exploration of contemporary education with a major focus on the secondary school. Emphasis on concepts of schooling, changing role of teachers, restructuring schools, and teaching as a career. Examine theories of teaching and learning for the purpose of challenging assumptions about today’s schools and extending expectations concerning tomorrow’s schools.

T TAP 211Z The Theory and Practice of John Dewey (3)
This course is an introduction to the thinking of American philosopher John Dewey. Dewey is considered the "father" of progressive education in this country. We will look at the hope that is embedded in his work, particularly as it pertains to approaches to teaching and learning that are grounded in experience. Open to Honors College students only.

E TAP 212 Teachers' Lives (3)
This course is a case-based examination of teachers’ lives. We will explore and analyze teachers’ lives from the perspective of changes in the struggles, rewards, responsibilities, and realities of teaching with respect to such things as historical era, gender, culture, content area and grade level taught. Goals are to develop an understanding of the realities of the varied lives of teachers; engage in critical thinking and analysis; and gain experience and expertise in examining and synthesizing the cause and effect of change (and stability) in teachers’ lives in general.

E TAP 403 Issues in Urban Education (3)
This course focuses on the social, political, and economic conditions that impact schools serving inner city urban communities in the United States. Although schools in urban communities differ considerably and should not be stereotyped, they all face a number of similar challenges that may be linked to changing urban conditions — as well as challenges that may result from the interplay of diverse stakeholders-administrator, teachers, parents, community/school activists concerned about the academic achievement, retention, and graduation of youth served in urban school environments.

E TAP 404 Teaching in Urban Schools: Strategies for Implementing the New York State Learning Standards (3)
An examination of effective instructional strategies for meeting the New York State Learning Standards in urban schools. The course will review the Learning Standards, demonstrate pertinent strategies that may be appropriate in urban schools, and provide practical experiences in developing lesson plans. Subject area will vary.

E TAP 487 Institute in Education (2–9)
A special program, not part of the pattern of regular offerings, designed to meet particular nonrecurring needs. Available for department use and subject to department approval.

E TAP 497 Independent Study in Teacher Education (2–6)
Independent reading, study, and research in teacher education. Prerequisite(s): senior standing and consent of Department of Educational Theory and Practice.