Education (EDU) Course Description

 Adapted from Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2013 [PDF]  

EDU290 Introduction to English/Language Arts Education (3 crs.) 

Offers Secondary English certification students their foundation in English/Language Arts education. The first of three pedagogy courses, it provides the history of American education with an emphasis on middle and high schools, and fundamentals of educational and adolescent psychology, and then focuses on the secondary ELA classroom. Introduces the philosophical beliefs and practical realities of American education (with a special focus on middle and high schools), the array of learning and development theories that inform effective educators, and the range of effective literacy practices involved in ELA teaching and learning at the secondary level. Curriculum, student diversity, assessment, technology, differentiation, and classroom management are topics explored both generally and with an ELA focus as students work toward becoming reflective collaborative decision-makers. Readings, assignments, and practical demonstrations will provide an opportunity to engage with theory and research that will be relevant to future course work and eventual middle and high school ELA classrooms.

EDU371 Technology in the Mathematics Classroom (3 crs.) 

Surveys the broad spectrum of technology as an effective means for achieving educational objectives in the secondary mathematics classroom. Emphasizes graphing calculators, computer spreadsheets, various software programs, digital technology, etc. Includes extensive laboratory-based hands-on learning. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.

EDU393 Selected Topics in Educational Foundations (1-3 crs.) 

Opportunity to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.

EDU410 Environmental Education Practicum (3 crs.) 

Opportunity to apply knowledge gained in previous courses and other experiences to a practical situation. Includes activities specifically designed to develop and evaluate skills needed to create a course of study for teaching environmental education in the elementary and secondary schools. An integral part is working with both elementary and secondary students in the application of both skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: approval of coordinator of environmental education.

EDU412 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools I (3 crs.) 

Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher of social studies with the philosophy of the field, curriculum preparation and materials, and recent methods and techniques. Course outline, preparation of teaching units, testing, and visual aids are stressed. Must be taken concurrently with EDU413.

EDU413 Teaching of Social Studies II (3 crs.) 

Explores the rationale for media use in education, provides an opportunity to develop audiovisual materials and become familiar with commercial materials to supplement teaching techniques and hand son experiences with a variety of media equipment. Incorporates techniques of evaluation and testing through presentations and projects, which enhance student decision making to include these elements in classroom instructions. Must be taken concurrently with EDU412.

EDU420 Microcomputers in the Classroom (3 crs.) 

Provides basic knowledge of evolution and operation of a microcomputer system. A variety of educational applications are reviewed and analyzed for instructional contributions. Using recommended evaluation procedures, software reviewed and discussed as to classroom utilization.

EDU421 Teaching of English in Secondary Schools (3 crs.) 

Review of language arts requirements of secondary schools with special reference to grade placement and adaptation of materials, appraisal of results, and the development of programs of study. Directed observation in the laboratory school is frequently employed.

EDU422: Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3 crs.) 

Second half of methods block for secondary certification for English majors. Builds on EDU290 and completes preparation for student teaching. Will learn how to apply many of the concepts of EDU290 and will begin more specifically elements into practice. Prerequisite: EDU290.

EDU426 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (3 crs.) 

Focuses on techniques and materials for teaching foreign languages in the K-12 school setting. Theoretical rationales for a variety of methodologies and specific techniques examined along with the implications of findings from research in second language acquisition. Through a variety of strategies and experiences students develop those skills needed to begin a successful teaching career. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

EDU429 Methods of Teaching Business Subjects I (3 crs.) 

Focuses on skills and knowledge needed by pre-service teachers as they learn to design instructional programs in the areas of business and computer education. Particular focus is on identification and selection of appropriate curriculum materials, methods of presenting information to diverse groups of students, and the educational technology which supports the instructional program. Classroom management techniques, curriculum considerations, and strategies for teaching business subjects are stressed. Must be taken concurrently with EDU431.

EDU431 Methods of Teaching Business Subjects II (3 crs.) 

Focuses on topics of educational and psychological measurement and evaluation and their use by classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors, school system administrators, and educational researchers. Evaluation of student progress in a variety of educational settings is addressed. Case studies focusing on various aspects of teaching provide an opportunity for reflection on all aspects of classroom instruction. Must be taken concurrently with EDU429.

EDU434 Teaching of Mathematics in the Secondary Schools I (3 crs.) 

Covers theories of learning mathematics, national and state standards, and educational issues related to teaching and learning mathematics. Mathematical content and curricula for middle school and high school students will be explored and analyzed. Lesson and long-range planning and the classroom environment are included.

EDU435 Teaching of Mathematics in the Secondary Schools II (3 crs.) 

Covers instructional and assessment strategies for middle school and high school mathematics classrooms. Differentiated instruction techniques, the use of student-centered approaches, and reading and writing connections are included. Students will participate in pre-student teaching clinical experiences. Prerequisite: EDU 434.

EDU440 Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools (3 crs.) 

Students develop an instructional philosophy through discussions and reading as well as experience in simulated teaching activities. Use of demonstrations, experiments, visual aids, projects, cooperative learning, and other inquiry and discovery activities are stressed. Additional topics include individual differences among students, handicapped, or reading disabled. Must be taken concurrently with EDU441.

EDU441 Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary Science Classroom (3 crs.) 

Understanding of inter-relatedness between the life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth and space science curricula through reading, demonstrations, and visits to schools. Emphasis on relationships among learning objectives, teaching/learning activities, and the attainment of those objectives. Evaluation component includes construction of classroom rubrics, quizzes and tests, and the analysis and improvement of those assessment tools. Must be taken concurrently with EDU440.

EDU490 Selected Topics (1-3 crs.)


EDU495 Student Teaching and Professional Practicum (12 crs.) 

Professional site-based experience provides a full semester of guided teaching in the K-12 schools during which the student, under the direction of a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor, takes increasing responsibility for planning and directing the learning experience of a specific group(s) of students.


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