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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 1505 - Introductory Field Experience

Includes classroom visits and tutoring in a local school. Details of time and location will be shared in EDU 1540. A $50 background check is required before students are allowed to enroll in this course. This field experience portion of the introductory course is taken concurrently with EDU 1540.

Expand and Collapse EDU 1540 - Introduction to Teaching

Introduction to schooling, teaching and the foundations of education. The major purpose is to help students clarify their thoughts and feelings about becoming a teacher. Topics include teachers, students, schools, teaching, curriculum, instruction, school governance, school finance, history of U.S. education, philosophy of education. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 1505.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2102 - Secondary Health & Drug Edu

Examines adolescent health issues and health problems within the context of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Suicide, eating disorders, violence in school, family and relationships, sexual abuse, and STDs are explored by defining the issues and problems, identifying causal factors, looking at the effects on learning and discussing prevention as well as intervention and follow-up.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2200 - Child in the Classroom

Examines children's cognitive, social and emotional growth and development as a function of their social and cultural context: the school. The context of the school frames the discussion of specific topics including diversity, motivation, learning styles, moral development, personality development, general theories of intelligence , theories of cognitive development and their effects on the educational process and prominent learning theories. This course has a 2-hour/week service learning requirement in which students work within a K-12 school.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2300 - Human Relations

Provides students with an understanding of the importance of using multicultural approaches and diversity sensitive behaviors in the classroom. Students explore their own monocultural/multicultural socialization and examine their own assumptions and beliefs as they study the complex dynamics of the teaching/learning relationship. Topics include: the social construction of difference - race, class, gender, and sexual orientation; power, privilege, and the dehumanization process; the relationship between education and social justice.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3250 - Special Needs/Inclusion

Addresses the general education teacher ‘s role in educating children and youth with exceptionalities. Students examine the social construction of disability and giftedness; universal design for learning; and relevant legislation, including the rights and responsibilities of families, educators, and students. They conduct a case analysis which includes referral and identification procedures; collaboration with special education teachers and families; and development of an individualized education plan (IEP). Students conduct research on a specific exceptionality area and demonstrate effective accommodations and inclusive strategies for the classroom. This course includes a field experience. Pre-requisite: EDU 2500 or EDU 2800 and Admission into the Education Program.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3400 - Classroom Assessment

Provides an overview of assessment followed by an exploration of specific topics in classroom assessment. Among these topics are standardized assessment, performance- based assessment, norm and criterion-referenced assessment and general grading issues. Data driven decision making is discussed and practiced in this course. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program, EDU 2500 or EDU 3500, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse Elective Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 3260 - Middle School Phils & Models

Addresses the predominant philosophies driving middle school education. Various models of middle school design are explored. Special attention is given to application of middle school philosophies to curriculum development, current issues in middle school practice and best practices for the early adolescent. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program, EDU 2500 or EDU 3500, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3300 - Ojibwe Education Principles

Provides a foundation in American Indian education and includes historical precedent, the boarding school era, cultural pluralism, contributions, and current issues. Fundamentals of first and second language acquisition, school organizational environment, and communication styles are explored.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3430 - Harnessing Power of Internet

Presents the Internet as a classroom resource for teachers and students. Participants will learn to use on-line discussion groups, search the Internet, use evaluation tools to review Web pages, and develop a classroom project to help students use the Internet.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3440 - Using Digital Media in Classro

Provides an overview of digital media application for teaching and learning. Participants will learn to design and produce multimedia and digital video products to support the curriculum in their classroom. The course will also focus on designing instruction that integrates student use of multimedia and digital video as learning tools.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3450 - Leadership/Trends Edu Tech

Assists in developing educational technology leaders. In this course students evaluate, plan, and create educational technology-based solutions for learning environments while considering best-practices in technology integration. Participants will learn about topics in educational technology such as future trends, government policies, professional development models, and evaluation tools. Prerequisites: One course from: EDU 2420,EDU 3440,EDU 3430

Expand and Collapse EDU 3500 - Content Area Learning

Focuses on the integration of science, mathematics, and social studies. Students learn appropriate methods of inquiry, technology integration, curriculum development, instructional planning strategies, and assessment of elementary/middle school science, mathematics and social studies. The MN Academic Standards, ISTE and national content standards in each of the content areas are used to guide students in preparing an integrated teaching unit. This course must be taken concurrently with EDU 3505. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3610 - Math Teaching Methods K-6

Focuses on best practices and current research trends that enable learners to be successful teachers of mathematics in the K-6 classroom. Learners analyze and evaluate current research, teaching strategies and philosophies related to teaching K-6 mathematics. Helps future teachers build a basic foundation concerning pedagogy, standards based instruction, technology use, and equity issues. Special attention is given to teaching practices that can help ALL K-6 students be successful in mathematics. Field experience activities and application from EDU 3250 may be required in this course dependent on the students’ course sequence.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3710 - Reading/Lang Arts/Child Lit

In EDU 3710 students will examine the characteristics of a well-balanced developmental reading/language arts program. The primary purpose of the course is to prepare elementary school education majors to be successful teachers of reading and its related language arts components. Students examine how theory and practice come together in developing effective instructional strategies for elementary school students. Students become familiar with a variety of teaching methods. They learn how to effectively implement instruction in the reading areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension as well as spelling, oral and written language, and children’s literature. Assessment, analysis, and resultant remediation plans will be conducted with elementary students as well as through classroom activities. Current research trends that emphasize a balanced approach to literacy instruction is the framework for the course. To gain skills in accessing and evaluating research, students will examine current research supporting effective reading/language arts instruction best practices.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3800 - Teaching Process II

Explores the dynamics among four dimensions of the teaching/learning relationship – teachers, students, course content, and methodology – with the emphasis this semester on content and methodology. Topics include: daily and long-term planning; the advantages and limitations associated with various instructional strategies; reading and writing strategies for use across the curriculum; assessment; the Minnesota Department of education Content Standards; multi-cultural, diversity-sensitive approaches to learning in the classroom; the integration of technology skills. Pre-requisites: EDU 2800, EDU 2805

Expand and Collapse EDU 4777 - Topics in Education

Topic courses address a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.

Expand and Collapse EDU 4999 - Independent Study

Independent study in an area of interest. Pre-requisite: permission of department chair.