Education Courses (EDUC)

  1. 101 Foundations of Education
  2. 290 Human Relations for Educators
  3. 300 Instructional Design and Assessment & Practicum
  4. 308 Teaching Elementary Physical Education, Health and Wellness
  5. 315 Teaching Elementary Reading/Language Arts & Practicum
  6. 316 Teaching Elementary Social Studies/Science & Practicum
  7. 317 Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Assessment & Practicum
  8. 318 Growth and Development of Middle Level Learners & Practicum
  9. 319 Curriculum and Methods for Middle School & Practicum
  10. 320 Middle School Literacy & Practicum
  11. 321 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools & Practicum
  12. 324 Reading in Content Areas
  13. 405 Classroom Management for Elementary and Secondary Teachers
  14. 414 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading & Practicum
  15. 417 Elementary Student Teaching
  16. 427 Secondary Student Teaching
  17. 477 Elementary Art Student Teaching
  18. 478 Secondary Art Student Teaching
  19. 490 Effective Educator Seminar
  20. 498 Language Acquisition and Development

101 Foundations of Education

2 Credits

An overview of the sociological, historical, legal and philosophical foundations of American public schools.

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290 Human Relations for Educators

4 Credits

Introduces students to theoretical frameworks, concepts and analytic skills useful in understanding the disciplines that contribute to the field of human relations. Theories and practices of professional human relations as they apply to individual, interpersonal, family group, organization, community and cultural systems will be presented. Attention is placed on the development of and sensitivity to the values, beliefs, life styles, attitudes and traditions of individuals and diverse groups found in society.

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300 Instructional Design and Assessment & Practicum

4 Credits

An introductory course in pedagogy, including writing objectives, designing and implementing lesson and unit plans and utilitizing appropriate assessment strategies; also a formal introduction to the Education Department's Effective Educator Model. This class is a prerequisite for all upper-level classes in Education.

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308 Teaching Elementary Physical Education, Health and Wellness

2 Credits

This course focuses on the methods and materials needed for elementary teachers to teach elementary physical education, health and wellness in their classrooms.

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315 Teaching Elementary Reading/Language Arts & Practicum

4 Credits

An integrated literacy methods course that focuses on the theories, strategies, materials and assessments related to the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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316 Teaching Elementary Social Studies/Science & Practicum

4 Credits

Focuses on methods and materials of teaching science and social studies in elementary schools.

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317 Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Assessment & Practicum

5 Credits

The teaching of mathematical concepts in elementary schools with emphasis on math content, methods and materials. Includes the study of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, problem-solving strategies and assessments.

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318 Growth and Development of Middle Level Learners & Practicum

2 Credits

This course is designed as a cultural approach to studying the middle level aged students. Students will become familiar with current knowledge and research on the psychology of adolescents including physical, cognitive, cultural and psychosocial development.

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319 Curriculum and Methods for Middle School & Practicum

4 Credits

This course will focus on designing developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, curriculum and daily lessons for the middle school learner. Developmental theory, essential elements of middle-level philosophy, instructional theory and strategies and theories on motivation and classroom management will be addressed.

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320 Middle School Literacy & Practicum

4 Credits

This course focuses on instructional strategies that are effective with middle level learners in reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking. Students will learn and apply instructional strategies that enable students to read and create written responses to a variety of literary genres for specific audiences, incorporating technology.

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321 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools & Practicum

4 Credits

Instructional techniques for teaching students in grades 7-12; includes a content reading component.

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324 Reading in Content Areas

4 Credits

Emphasizes knowledge of text structure, vocabulary and comprehension in content areas such as science, mathematics, social studies and literature. Includes a study of research based strategies and practices for reading and writing instruction in content areas.

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405 Classroom Management for Elementary and Secondary Teachers

2 Credits

This course is designed to help students recognize differences in teaching and learning styles and how they influence classroom management to meet the needs of all learners. well-organized and managed classrooms set the stage for student learning and achievement. Students will explore a range of models and strategies that will serve as a foundation for developing a personal approach to classroom management. Students will be challenged to determine which discipline approaches to use in their classroom. Classroom management will be defined by exploring theory and research in the field.

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414 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading & Practicum

4 Credits

An in-depth study of instruments, procedures and practices used for identifying students' reading proficiencies and needs for planning and revising instruction for all students.

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417 Elementary Student Teaching

6 or 10 Credits

A supervised full-day capstone teaching experience in an elementary classroom that includes planning and implementing lesons in all curricular areas.

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427 Secondary Student Teaching

6 or 10 Credits

A supervised full-day capstone teaching experience in a 7-12 classroom that includes planning and implementing lessons in the student's content major field.

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477 Elementary Art Student Teaching

6 Credits

A supervised full-day capstone teaching experience in an elementary art program that includes planning and implementing lessons.

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478 Secondary Art Student Teaching

6 Credits

A supervised full-day capstone teaching experience in a secondary art program classroom that includes planning and implementing lessons.

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490 Effective Educator Seminar

2 Credits

Capstone seminar for teacher preparation majors that includes a study of the roles and expectations of the professional educator, including those of instructional decision-maker and consumer of research; other focus areas are an examination of the Iowa Teaching Standards, current issues and professional ethics; taken concurrently with student teaching.

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498 Language Acquisition and Development

2 Credits

Emphasizes the acquisition and development of language and the relationship between language and the reading process. This class also reviews the stages of language learners for first and second language acquisition. Culturally and linguistically diverse learners' needs are an integral part of the course.

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