P 312 Learning: Theory into Practice (3 cr.) This course is concerned with understanding the process of teaching and learning, particularly within a secondary school context. Preservice teachers will be helped to see that learning takes place as an interaction of social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive forces. Units focus on theories of learning and teaching, motivation, the learning process, and assessment. Corequisite course is P 313.
P 313 Adolescents in a Learning Community (3 cr.) Adolescent development in a school context. Understanding adolescents as people and how they function in a community of learners, with particular emphasis on their interaction with others in a school environment marked by a diversity of cultural, social, and personal traits. Also, the role of the teacher in understanding and responding to adolescent needs in this environment. For students seeking admission to a teacher education program. Corequisite course is P 312.
E 348 Foundations of Early Care and Education I: Focus on Birth to Age 3 (6 cr.) Students will examine the foundations of the fields of early childhood education and early intervention. They will explore the teacher/caregiver role, review contemporary theories of best practices with young children, and begin developing the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate healthy growth, development, and learning in all young children.
E 351 Foundations of Early Care and Education II (6 cr.) Students will examine how historical, social, cultural, and political factors influence the growth, development, and learning of the preschool/kindergarten child. They will examine how these factors influence the preschool/kindergarten child's educational experiences and how programs should be designed to address the needs of all children.
M 341 Foundations of Teaching Social Studies (3 cr.) This is an introductory course where students will explore perspectives on selected issues and topics of interest to the informed secondary school social studies teacher.
M 416 Inquiry into Secondary English Methods: High School (1-5 credits) Study of current trends, issues, theory, and research in teaching and learning English/Language Arts. Explores language, composition, literature, and media arts; developing multicultural curricula; and engaging students in meaningful inquiry facilitating students' responsibility for themselves and their world.
M 421 Methods of Teaching Junior/ High Middle School Social Studies (3 credits) Develops concepts and theories from social science, humanities, and education into practices of successful social studies instruction. Integrates social issues and reflective thinking skills into the social studies curriculum. Emphasis on curriculum development skills and building a repertoire of teaching strategies appropriate for middle/secondary school learners.
M 428 Inquiry into Secondary English Methods: Middle Schools (1-5 credits) This course focuses on working in a "real-world" middle school classroom that involves inquiry around reading, writing, speaking, discussing, viewing, and listening for authentic purposes. We will develop, demonstrate, and critique lessons and instructional units based on models presented in class readings and critiques.
M 454 Grammar for Teachers (1 cr.) Grammar for Teachers provides an opportunity for preservice teachers to learn about current insights and strategies in the teaching of grammar from the disciplines of sociolinguistics, composition, and education. The class will examine attitudes and beliefs about grammar in the society at large, as well as investigating trends and research in the teaching of grammar. Students will learn about grammars in oral language as well as written language, with an emphasis on description and diversity. The class will develop a perspective on error through investigation of student work. Specific classroom strategies for helping students conceptualize a language of wider communication and for helping students learn to edit their work will be the goal.
S 303 Topics in Secondary Education (.5-3 cr.) Various topics will be covered in this course in order to incorporate timely professional issues in the secondary curriculum. May be repeated.
W 201 Beginning Technology Skills (1 cr.) This course brings the student to a technology skill level that meets minimum-level competencies with technology, including basic functionality with operating systems, file management, e-mail, word processing, presentation software, and hardware operation. This course is graded pass/fail after completion of standardized assessment.
W 301 Integrating Technology into Teaching Part I (1 cr.) This course is designed to provide the student with skills and experiences that will allow for effective and appropriate integration of technology into teaching and learning activities. In this course, the focus will be on reviewing current models of effective technology integration, surveying available technology in schools, and developing classroom lessons and activities.
W 401 Integrating Technology into Teaching Part II (1 credit) This online course is designed to provide the student with skills and experiences that will allow for effective and appropriate integration of technology into teaching and learning activities. Stu
dents will have the opportunity to implement and evaluate a technology-integrated classroom activity in an advanced field experience.