Undergraduate Education Courses (TCH)

TCH 111: Professional Seminar I (1 credit)
This first seminar in the School of Education Professional Seminar series features topics related to the standards and assessments significant to teaching and becoming a teacher.  You will be introduced to New York State expectations regarding learning standards and the assessment process for both the students you are preparing to teach and also for yourself as a prospective teacher and potential School of Education candidate.  You will be introduced to a variety of technology tools and to the responsibilities and skills involved in being a successful pre-teaching student at Pace.  Successful completion of this P/F graded seminar is required of all students seeking formal admission to the School of Education. Offered in the fall and spring semesters and in Summer I.
 
TCH 201: Education I: Understanding Schools (4 credits)
Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I.  Service Learning Component.  Open to all students interested in exploring a career in teaching.  This course examines schools in a diverse and changing society.  By examining the history, philosophy, legal and social responsibilities associated with schooling, you are introduced to the interactions among society, families, schools, curriculum, teachers, students, and cultures.  Through guided field experiences, you will observe and reflect on different aspects of schooling with particular focus placed on the role language serves across all interactive domains of society and the role of the teacher as agent of change and empowerment.  During this course, you will be challenged to examine the classroom as a diverse community where all participants can learn in a safe and appropriate environment.  Professional seminars and field experiences accompany this course.  This course is designed to be taken in the fall of the sophomore year.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all students seeking formal admission to the School of Education. Fieldwork is required. Offered in the fall semester.  A special section of TCH 201 is offered in the spring semester on the Pleasantville campus for transfer students.
 
TCH 211A: Professional Seminar II: Keeping Children Safe (0 credits)
Sessions in this second seminar of the professional series feature specific responsibilities of teachers and schools regarding student learning and safety.  Specifically included are means for identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment, means for instructing students for the purpose of  preventing child abduction; preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse; providing safety education; instruction in fire and arson prevention; and training in school violence prevention and intervention. Successful completion of this P/F graded seminar is required of all students seeking certification through a Pace University undergraduate or Combined Degree program. Offered in fall & spring semesters and in Summer I.
 
TCH 211B: Professional Seminar III (1 credit)
The initial focus of this third seminar in the Professional Seminar series is preparation for formal entry into the School of Education. Seminar sessions contain specific information related to the application process and criteria and structured activities linked to meeting the standards for entry, including successful completion of required assessments. Other sessions of the seminar will provide more in-depth work with the NY state K-12 Learning Standards, specifically the standards for Health, Physical Education, and Home Economics, the Arts, and Career Development and Occupational Studies. Successful completion of this P/F graded seminar is required of all students seeking certification through a Pace University undergraduate or Combined Degree program. Offered in fall & spring semesters and in Summer I.
 
TCH 215: Curriculum & Teaching in Secondary Schools (4 credits)
(Open to Adolescent Education students in Pleasantville only.)
In this course, students in the adolescent education program learn about curriculum requirements of the New York State Learning Standards and how to use assessment practices as a means to facilitate instructional decision making. This intensive field-and technology-based course gives attention to student specific content area responsibility (e.g. biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, Italian, English, and social studies) and ways to use technology in both assessment and curriculum design. Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program. Fieldwork is required. This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the sophomore year.
 
TCH 301: Understanding Learning & Teaching (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission into the School of Education.
By examining learning contexts and classroom practice, teacher candidates will examine what it means to learn and what is means to teach.  Candidates will examine various models of teaching and learning and the theoretical constructs that underlie them.  They will focus on developing classroom communities by exploring issues of organization and management and the construct of motivation.  Candidates will relate current developmental and learning theory to the process of selecting, designing, and differentiating curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology and classroom environment in order to create a classroom community that affirms diversity, respects cultural and linguistic differences while promoting personal and group growth and development.  This course is designed to be taken in the fall of the junior year following admission to the School of Education and requires one full day per week of field-based work in a school setting. Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 302: Enabling All Children to be Successful (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major.
Co-requisite: TCH 301
This course provides childhood pre-service teachers with knowledge and practice in special education so that they will be able to support and instruct students with disabilities in their general education classrooms.  The course will explore the historical and philosophical foundations of special education, characteristics of students with disabilities, and the impact of special education law and research on referral, classification, placement, and instruction.  Through research, simulation, and fieldwork students will learn to access disability-related information, develop an understanding of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be able to plan instruction in accordance with a student’s individualized needs and strengths.  This survey course is designed to be taken in the fall of the junior year following admission to the School of Education and requires one full day per week of field-based work in a school setting. Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 310: Emergent and Early Literacy (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 301 and TCH 302.
Co-requisite: TCH 350
In this course, teacher candidates will learn the cognitive and linguistic processes of reading and writing at the emergent and early literacy levels.  By using instructional texts and children's literature, you will learn methods of curriculum-based and skill-based assessment of emergent and early literacy development in native English learners and English language learners.  You will learn research-based teaching and assessment methods as well as technology applications for classroom and differentiated instruction particularly appropriate for children in grades 1-3.  Differentiated instructional assessment and planning is demonstrated along with the uses of technology as a means of accommodating individual needs.  Planning for classroom management on a group and individual basis will also be discussed.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year and requires one full day per week of field-based work. Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 323: Methods & Models of Teaching Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215 and TCH 301.
Co-requisite: TCH 301
This course will provide secondary pre-service teachers with the knowledge of and practice in secondary teaching skills appropriate for students with diverse needs and levels of literacy and English language acquisition.  Topics included are: classroom community building, classroom management, instructional planning, assessment, evaluation, grading and strategies for enhancing discussion, cooperative learning, using technology and interdisciplinary teaching.  This course is designed to be taken in the fall of the junior year and requires field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 350: Math Methods: An Integrated Approach (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 301 and TCH 302.
Co-requisite: TCH 310
This course emphasizes approaches to teaching and assessing integrated mathematics and technology curricula that meet New York State learning standards. You will investigate how children construct meaning and learn mathematics, and what composes the mathematics curriculum.  They will focus on ways to develop children's abilities and skills in numeration, calculation, mathematical reasoning, geometry, rational numbers, problem-solving, and communicating mathematically in real life situations.  This course will include methods of enrichment and remediation.  Designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year, this course requires one full day per week of field-based work. Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 351: Foundations of Bilingual Education (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none
This online course provides the current research and theories forming the foundation of bilingual education.  The course examines the philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives on bilingual education.  The course introduces nationwide bilingual education and English as a second language program models and cultivates multicultural perspectives in bilingual education.  Field experience is required.  This course is required of all teacher candidates seeking a Bilingual Education Extension to a teaching certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 410: Literacy II: Teaching Fluent Readers (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 301, TCH 302, TCH 310 and TCH 350.
Co-requisites: TCH 420 & TCH 440
In this course, teacher candidates will focus on helping children become fluent readers of narrative and expository text.  Candidates will build on their conceptual understandings of the reading process, as they learn methods and assessments used in literacy instruction in grades 4 through 6, according to the New York State Learning Standards.  The course will include differentiating instructional strategies, methods and technology applications to meet the wide range of literacy, language, and cognitive abilities of children in grades 4-6.  Designed to be taken in the fall of the senior year, this course requires two full days per week of field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 412: Literacy Instruction in Secondary Schools (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: methods course
This course examines theory, research and methods of practice for integrating literacy instruction in all content areas at the secondary level.  Emphasis is on developing, speaking, reading and writing skills of students with varying abilities as needed for content learning.  Additionally, technology is explored as a tool for enhancing literacy at the secondary level.  Designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year, this course requires two full days per week of field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 420: Science Methods: An Integrated Approach (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major; TCH 111, 
TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 301, TCH 302, TCH 310 and TCH 350.
Co-requisites: TCH 410 & TCH 440
This course introduces teacher candidates to the theories and methods of learning, teaching and assessing science and technology in the elementary school. The course is both practical and theoretical in nature and is based on the premise that all teaching methods and practices must be grounded in theory.  The course investigates methods and approaches to developing an integrated science curriculum that is based on how investigative science can be used to answer questions and solve problems.  Designed to be taken in the fall of the senior year, this course requires two full days per week of field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 426: Teaching English to Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: TCH 412
This course provides the beginning teacher with content specific strategies to enhance the learning of students with diverse needs.  This course will focus on the most effective pedagogy for teaching English as well as differentiated instruction and interdisciplinary approaches.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year and requires one full day per week of field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate to teach English through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 427: Teaching Languages Other Than English to Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: TCH 412
This course provides the beginning teacher with content specific strategies to enhance the learning of students with diverse needs.  This course will focus on the most effective pedagogy for teaching languages other than English as well as ways to differentiate instruction and use an interdisciplinary approach in teaching. Field experiences, distance learning experiences, group web-based instruction as well as classroom discussion is required.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year.   Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate to teach a language other than English through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 428: Teaching Mathematics to Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: TCH 412
This course provides the beginning mathematics teacher with content specific strategies to enhance learning for students with diverse needs.  This course will focus on the most effective pedagogy for teaching mathematics as well as ways to differentiate instruction and use interdisciplinary approaches.  Field experiences, distance learning experiences, group web-based instruction, as well as classroom discussion are required.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate Education Certificate to teach mathematics through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 429: Teaching Science to Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: TCH 412
This course provides the beginning science teacher with content specific strategies to enhance the learning of students with diverse needs.  This course will focus on the most effective pedagogy for teaching science as well as ways to differentiate instruction and use interdisciplinary approaches in the classroom.  Field experiences, distance learning experiences, internet searches, group web-based instruction as well as classroom discussion are required.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate to teach science through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 430: Teaching Social Studies to Adolescents (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301 and TCH 323.
Co-requisite: TCH 412
This course provides the beginning social studies teacher with content specific strategies to enhance the learning of students with diverse needs.  This course will focus on the most effective pedagogy for teaching social studies as well as ways to differentiate instruction and use interdisciplinary approaches in the classroom.  Field experiences, distance learning, internet research, group web-based instruction as well as classroom discussion is required.  This course is designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year.    Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate to teach Social Studies through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 440: Social Science Methods: An Integrated Approach (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as a Childhood major; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 301, TCH 302, TCH 310 and TCH 350.
Co-requisites: TCH 410 & TCH 420
In this course, teacher candidates will develop approaches to teaching integrated social studies curricula that meet New York State learning standards.  Candidates will examine the social science disciplines and the importance of history in the curriculum for elementary students' understanding of democracy and citizenship. The use of technology learning and research in the social sciences is explored as well as methods of assessing knowledge in the social sciences.  Designed to be taken in the fall of the senior year, this course requires two full days per week of field-based work.  Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all candidates seeking a Childhood Education Certificate through a Pace University teacher preparation program.
 
TCH 452: Language Acquisition & English Language Learning (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education as an Adolescent major on the Pleasantville campus; TCH 111, TCH 211A, TCH 211B, TCH 201, TCH 215, TCH 301, TCH 323, TCH 412 and content methods course.
Co-requisite: TCH 475
This course examines language acquisition from a developmental perspective and provides you with a knowledge base from which to better understand the problems encountered by adolescents whose primary language was other than English. You are challenged to look at the language demands of the content area you will be teaching and strategies for assisting students to break down the barriers created by being English language learners in an environment that assumes English proficiency. This course is designed to be taken in the fall of the senior year. 
Successful completion of this course, with a grade of B or better, is required of all teacher candidates seeking an Adolescent Education Certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 453: Methods & Materials of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Bi-lingual Classroom (3 credits)
Prerequisite: TCH 351
This online course focuses on helping you construct meaning in classroom literacy activities in a bilingual context. The course examines language teaching methods and models, and effective integrative instructional practices in the teaching of reading and language arts to the bilingual child. Field experience/apprenticeship in bilingual classroom is required. This course is required of all teacher candidates seeking a Bilingual Education Extension to a Childhood teaching certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 454: Methods of Teaching Bilingual Students in the Content Areas (3 credits)
Prerequisite: TCH 351
This course explores methods of assessment, instructional design and classroom management appropriate for content specific classrooms (e.g. science, mathematics, social studies) in which bilingual students are participants.  Field experience is required.  This course is required for all teacher candidates seeking a Bilingual Education Extension to an Adolescent teaching certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 455: Middle Childhood / Early Adolescence: Community, Culture and Identity (3 credits)
This community-centered, site based, interdisciplinary (sociology, psychology, philosophy) course explores the lives of middle childhood/early adolescents through the lenses of youth culture, popular culture, community, interpersonal relationships, and psycho-social-cultural theory. This course is integrated through field-based experiences/apprenticeships in such settings as community service agencies, popular culture sites, juvenile detention centers, and a diverse range of middle schools. This course is required for individuals seeking a Middle Childhood Generalist or Middle Childhood Specialist Certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 456: Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction in Middle Childhood Education (3 credits)
Prerequisite: TCH 455
This course builds on the theme established in TCH 455 and introduces you to the relationship between the unique culture of middle childhood/early adolescence and best practice in teaching. Attention is given to the learning experience of middle childhood as well as the effect of variant levels of literacy and childhood as well as the effect of variant levels of literacy and English language skills on content-area instruction. Technology to enhance middle childhood learning is explored. The field based experience/apprenticeship for this course will focus on curriculum selection and academic instruction. This course is required for individuals seeking a Middle Childhood Generalist or Middle Childhood Specialist Certificate through a Pace University program.
 
TCH 475: Special Education in Secondary Settings (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education; TCH 215, TCH 323, TCH 412.
This course will provide an overview of the laws, available services, and research based practices for successfully serving adolescents (grades 7-12) with a range of special needs. The course will emphasize teaching adolescents in inclusive settings. Field-based observations of middle and high school students in various settings will be required.

TCH 490: Language Arts and Children's Literature (4 credits)
Prerequisites: TCH 310, TCH 350, TCH 410, TCH 420, TCH 440
This course will enable you to construct a New York State standards-based language arts program for the elementary grades using quality children's literature. You will investigate research-based strategies for teaching the language arts, and the approaches used by childhood teachers to select and incorporate children's literature in the curriculum. Differentiating instruction, based on level of literacy and English language acquisition, is covered in this course, as well as ways to use technology to enhance the language arts. This course is required of all Childhood Education majors.

TCH 495: Student Teaching and Seminar in the Adolescent Classroom (8 credits)
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the Department; TCH 310, TCH 350, TCH 410, TCH 420, TCH 440
This is the final apprenticeship semester for those developing their teaching skills for working with adolescents. You will spend one-full day, five days a week in the school setting under the supervision of a school-based teacher and a university instructor. Students who have taken course work for additional certificates will be provided with teaching experiences at the level appropriate to the desired certificate. In this semester, you will develop your teaching skills through working with adolescents at both the grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 levels. During this experience, you will increasingly assume responsibility for the organization, design, and management of the classroom. Successful completion of this apprenticeship is required for completion of a single degree program (B.A.) with a major in Adolescent Education.
 
TCH 497: Student Teaching Seminar in Speech and Language Disabilities (6 credits)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of Department
 
TCH 498: Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar (8 credits)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of Department
In this final semester, you will develop your teaching skills through working with young children as well as those in upper grade levels, and integrate educational theories with teaching practice. During this experience, you will increasingly assume responsibility for the organization of the classroom and the design and management of the curriculum. Days spent teaching in particular grade levels will depend upon your individual program. Successful completion of this apprenticeship is required for completion of a single degree program (B.A.) with a major in Childhood Education