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Waitlist Information (SED 3330/SED 4330 -- Practicum) 

In order to take upper-level Education courses, like SED 3330/SED 4330 -- Practicum, certain requirements must be met.  Only then will students be eligible to be placed on the waitlist for SED 3330/SED 4330 -- Practicum.

Students are not allowed to register themselves for these courses, and there is no need to waitlist on the PAWS system as you will still need to fill out a departmental waitlist form to be added to our database. The Department keeps a waitlist in order to make certain that each student has met all requirements before being placed in the course(s).

For more information on the waitlist process, or to change the information you have submitted for the waitlist, please contact the department at (217) 581-5931.

Wait list forms are available at the Department of Secondary Education & Foundations Office at 2147 Buzzard Hall on EIU's campus. 


Undergraduate SED Courses

  • 2000 - Inquiry Into Teaching (1-2-1)
    An introduction to the expectations of the modern-day secondary education teacher, including the role of the teacher, moral, ethical, and legal expectations of teaching, and the social and political context of schools and communities. Ethnographic research methods will also be introduced. Thirty clock hours of participation/ observation are required.
  • 3330 - Instructional Task in the Secondary School (3-2-3)
    Present knowledge of the state of the secondary school, to become skilled in methods of teaching, planning for instruction, selection of appropriate content, classroom management and assessment techniques. Thirty hours of clinical activities are required. Prerequisite: "University approval to Teacher Education" requirements apply. SED 2000 Concurrent enrollment in EDP 3331.
  • 4741 - Independent Study (Arr.-1-3)
    May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department chairperson.
  • 4751 - Strategies of Adult Instruction (3-0-3)
    Methods, techniques, and devices in adult education, developing action-oriented learning situations, programmed instruction, developing appropriate materials and evaluating the outcome of courses.
  • 4780 - Studies in Education (3-0-3) 
    On demand. Problems in education, student activities, curriculum, guidance, and evaluation. Each student is assigned an individual problem. Prerequisite: Eight semester hours in education and psychology.
  • 4790 - Studies in Education (2-0-2)
    On demand. Problems in education, student activities, curriculum, guidance, and evaluation. Each student is assigned an individual problem. Prerequisite: Eight semester hours in education and psychology.
  • 4800 - Studies in Education (1-0-1)
    On demand. Problems in education, student activities, curriculum, guidance, and evaluation. Each student is assigned an individual problem. Prerequisite: Eight semester hours in education and psychology.
  • 4850 - Seminar and Field Experiences in Adult Education (2-6-4)
    A supervised experience in an adult educational operation which will allow the student to apply his/her skills and training to teaching adults. A follow-up of these experiences and other specific areas and topics will be given further study through readings, reports, and group discussions. Prerequisites: SED 4751, approval by the department chairperson and acceptance by a cooperating adult education organization.

Graduate SED Courses

Courses numbered 5000-5499 inclusive may be taken by a senior whose grade point average is 2.75 or higher, with permission of the instructor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Courses numbered 5500 and above are open only to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School.

  • 5750 - Special Problems in Gerontology (Arr.-Arr.-1)
    A study of problems of the elderly with variable course content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of three semester hours.
  • 5950 - Thesis (Arr.-Arr.-3 to 6) (Credit/No Credit)
    A maximum of nine semester hours may be earned in combination of 5950 and 5990.
  • 5990 - Independent Study (Arr.-Arr.-1-6)
    Intended to permit a student to pursue more intensively various aspects of his/her special interest. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. 

Undergraduate EDF Courses

  • 2555 - Diversity of Schools and Societies: Social and Global Perspectives (3-0-3) F, S
    How schooling is shaped by, and ought to respond to, the social contexts in which it occurs, particularly in multicultural and global contexts.
  • 2985 - Adults in Transition (2-0-2)
    Designed to assist returning adult students with the transition into academia with an emphasis on writing/communication skills, learning styles, successful learning techniques/practices, program policies/procedure and developing an academic plan of study. Prerequisite: Admission to the Board of Trustees BA degree Program or permission of the instructor. (WI)
  • 4450 - Philosophy and History of Education (3-0-3)
    The philosophical and historical foundations of leading educational theories as they treat human nature, objectives, and processes of education. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
  • 4741 - Independent Study (Arr.-Arr.-1-3)
    May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chairperson.
  • 4750 - Introduction to Adult Education (3-0-3)
    Adult education today, its career opportunities, and its historical and theoretical foundations.

Graduate EDF Courses

Courses numbered 5000-5499 inclusive may be taken by a senior whose grade point average is 2.75 or higher, with permission of the instructor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Courses numbered 5500 and above are open only to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School.

  • 5500 - Curriculum Development (3-0-3)
    Basic determinants of curriculum; factors influencing curricular design; current trends, including experimental programs and practices. Credit applicable to the requirements for the M.S. in Education degree.
  • 5510 - Social Foundations of Education (3-0-3)
    The school in society; effects of cultural patterns, social classes, community organizations, and some social problems. Credit applicable to the requirements of the M.S. in Education degree.
  • 5530 - Philosophy of Education: Interpretive (2-0-2)
    The sources of systematic theories, and critical analyses of some common educational slogans and ideologies. Credit applicable to the requirements for the M.S. in Education degree.
  • 5535 - Philosophy of Education: Clinical (2-0-2)
    Development of philosophical skills in education, including self and interpersonal analyses of basic orientations, drawing educational implications, consistency, dealing with alternative orientations, and focusing philosophical literature upon educational problems. If 5535 is taken for Basic Education Component Credit, 5530 may not be taken for the same purpose.
  • 5540 - History of Educational Thought (2-0-2)
    Major economic, political religious and scientific ideas of education constantly recurring and interacting with Western civilization. Credit applicable to the requirements for the M.S. in Education degree.
  • 5550 - Comparative and International Education (3-0-3)
    A study of national systems of education, international issues in education, and comparative and international perspectives on education in the U.S. Credit applicable to the requirements for the M.S. in Education degree.
  • 5990 - Independent Study (Arr.-Arr.-1 to 6)
    Intended to permit a student to pursue more intensely various aspects of his/her special interest. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.