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Liberal Arts and Education
- Foundations of Education
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Completion of Pre-Professional Skills Test [PPST]; Minimum GPA of 2.5; A-F only, fall, every year)
Roles, responsibilities, duties, functions, routines, requirements of public school teachers. Historical, social, political foundations of public education. Role of education in a pluralistic society. Issues affecting education in American public schools.
- Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum GPA of 2.50; A-F only, fall, every year)
Historical, philosophical, sociological foundations of early childhood/elementary education. How foundations influence current thought, practice, instruction in classroom. Current issues that affect children, families, programs, schools, profession. Field experience.
- Introduction to Middle and High School Education and Experiential Learning
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2200; spring, every year)
Pedagogy related to uniqueness of early/late adolescent education; utilization of media/technology to enrich learning applications for middle/high school education; core principles/theories of experiential learning.
- Social Studies in Elementary Education
(2.0 cr; Prereq-GPA of at least 2.50; A-F only, spring, every year)
Concepts/tools for teaching social studies as inquiry through a constructivist approach.
- Science in Elementary Education
(2.0 cr; Prereq-GPA of at least 2.50; spring, every year)
Concepts/tools for teaching science as inquiry through a constructivist approach.
- Cultural Immersion
(1.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Three to five days in a school setting that primarily serves minority children/families. Students observe, participate, and teach mini-lessons. Interview teachers. Demonstrate understanding of cultural and community diversity and how to incorporate children's experiences and culture into instruction.
- Human Relations in Diversity
(1.0 cr; spring, every year)
Biases, discrimination, prejudice, personal/institutional oppression in terms of history, social/educational contexts. Create responsive learning environments that contribute to self-esteem/positive interpersonal relations.
- Child Guidance and Classroom Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2200, ECE 2100, GPA of at least 2.50; A-F only, fall, every year)
Theories, principles, and practices of child guidance and managing classrooms. Social/emotional competence of children/students. Peer relations and violence prevention.
- Educational Psychology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2200, ECE 2100, minimum GPA of 2.5; A-F only, spring, every year)
Teaching/learning process: (1) planning/effective instruction; (2) behavioral/cognitive views. Emphasizes how learning is affected by development, individual differences, motivation.
- Reading and Language Arts I
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3110, ECE 4700, GPA of at least 2.50; A-F only, spring, every year)
Instructional principles, standards, practices, and curriculum materials for becoming an effective teacher of literacy in elementary classrooms. At least ten hours of observing, assisting, and teaching literacy.
- Reading and Language Arts II
(2.0 cr; Prereq-3201; fall, every year)
Assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction; professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility regarding effective reading instructional practices. At least ten hours in a primary grade classroom.
- Reading in the Content Area
(2.0 cr; fall, every year)
Designed to meet requirements of Minnesota statute requiring teachers receiving an initial license to have preparation in "scientifically-based reading instruction".
- Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum GPA of 2.50; A-F only, fall, every year)
Course in children's literature designed to prepare pre-service teachers to integrate literature, art, drama, dance/movement, and music throughout the curriculum from a constructivist view of learning. Field experiences.
- Introduction to Children with Special Needs
(2.0 cr; Prereq-2.5 cum GPA; spring, every year)
Overview of special education public laws/processes of identifying students with disabilities. Introduction of children with low/high incidence disabilities/giftedness. Definitions, causes, characteristics, education implications. IFSP/IEP. Field experiences required.
- Classroom Management in Middle School and High School Settings
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2400; fall, every year)
Managing students' learning and the classroom environment in work/community/family education programs. Strategies for middle/high school education including supervised internship/teaching experiences.
- Elementary Education Classroom Experiences
(0.5 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-GPA of at least 2.50, adviser consent; fall, spring, every year)
Directed field experiences in elementary classrooms implementing curriculum lessons. Taken for two semesters concurrently with curriculum courses.
- Mathematics for Elementary Teaching
(1.0 cr; Prereq-2200, minimum GPA of 2.50; fall, every year)
Mathematics content matter for elementary school teaching. Five strands. Number/operation, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis/probability.
- Mathematics in Elementary Education
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3110, 3860, concurrent enrollment in ECE 4702, GPA of at least 2.50; A-F only, spring, every year)
Facilitating the learning of mathematics in a constructivist environment through the use of investigations, manipulatives, technology, and holistic forms of assessment. Current trends, documents created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. At least ten hours in elementary classrooms.
- The Professional Teacher I
(0.5 cr; Prereq-GPA of at least 2.50; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Role of student teacher in planning for full-time teaching. Orientation to student teaching handbook with related assignments. Development of standards based student teaching notebook.
- The Professional Teacher II
(1.0 cr; Prereq-3901; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Completion/evaluation of professional standards-based portfolio, teacher licensure application. Taken concurrently with last student teaching experience.
- Teacher Education Topics
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-2.5 cum GPA; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Investigation/application/assessment of specific competencies which have been added/required for teacher candidates by licensing authorities.
- Teaching Grades 5-12 Students in Inclusive Environments
(2.0 cr; Prereq-3500; fall, every year)
Addresses key aspects of developing, teaching/learning in inclusive settings. Topics on universal design learning (UDL), accommodation, modification/adaptation for students with mild, moderate, severe disabilities. Field experiences required.
- Teaching in Inclusive Learning Environments
(2.0 cr; Prereq-3201, 3500, ECE 3410, 4700, minimum GPA of 2.50; A-F only, spring, every year)
Addresses key aspects of developing/teaching/learning in inclusive settings. Topics include early intervention techniques, universal design, strategies in accommodation, modification/adaptations for students with mild, moderate, severe disabilities. Field experiences required.
- Family, School, and Community Relations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4730, minimum GPA of 2.5; A-F only, fall, every year)
Emphasizes family involvement as essential to successful education. Patterns in family-school relations, trends, problems that inhibit parent involvement. Strategies for productive family involvement. Community/cultural considerations.
- Senior Professional Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Sr status or instructor approval; spring, every year)
Orientation to the student teaching internship. Reflective learning on teacher preparation experience including issues/challenges facing the profession. Professional issues will be addressed including licensure, portfolios, Teacher Performance Assessment, teaching code of ethics. Taken concurrently with the teaching internship.
- Elementary Student Teaching
(7.0 cr; Prereq-Sr status, adviser approval; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Students teach in public school classroom with guidance/supervision by University supervisors/cooperating classroom teachers. Focuses on achievement of selected Board of Teaching standards.