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EDU 1505 - Introductory Field Experience - 1 cr.
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.

Corequisite Course: EDU 1540


EDU 1540 - Introduction to Teaching - 2 cr.
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.


EDU 2102 - Secondary Health & Drug Edu - 2 cr.
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.


EDU 2200 - Child in the Classroom - 4 cr.
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.


EDU 2210 - Educational Psychology - 3 cr.
Examines children’s cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development as a function of their social and cultural context: the school. The course introduces theories of intelligence, learning, memory, motivation, and behavior. Application of theory to practice is emphasized, with a focus on critical thinking, metacognition, models of instruction, and classroom management approaches.

Corequisite Course: EDU 2215


EDU 2215 - Edu Psyc Field Experience - 1 cr.
This field experience involves observing and helping in local schools. The student will connect learning from EDU course(s) to the field experience and produce documentation of said learning. Note: Completing and passing the SOE background study is required prior to starting this field experience.


EDU 2240 - Elm Phy Ed/Hlth/Drug Edu - 2 cr.
This course stresses understanding, knowledge, attitudes and habits necessary for healthful living. It explores elementary school physical and health education content and pedagogy and prepares the K-6 educator for meaningful strategies that promote physical and health education in the classroom and beyond. Alcohol, drugs, and mood altering chemicals and their effects on the individual, the family and society are also addressed. School as well as community resources dealing with prevention, intervention, treatment and follow up are explored.


EDU 2260 - Vis/Performing Arts Teach Meth - 2 cr.
Examines the arts as a basic and essential form of human communication. Explores and analyzes integration of the arts as a way to increase student achievement. Students learn to integrate literature, art, drama, dance, and music throughout the curriculum by gaining a basic knowledge of the arts, reasons for integration, and integration strategies and principles. Students examine research and current school programs that integrate the arts across the curriculum.


EDU 2270 - Science/Tech Methods K-6 - 2 cr.
This is a pre-practicum course for individuals planning to teach science in grades K - 6. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the Nature of Science, teaching science as inquiry, and addressing student misconceptions. Methods for using technology effectively, managing materials and students safely and using state and district learner outcomes in planning will be addressed.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2271, EDU 2275


EDU 2271 - Social Studies/Techno Methods - 2 cr.
2 cr. While students will gain knowledge in the content of the social sciences, the primary goal of this course is to guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective teaching of elementary social studies. In addition to an emphasis on integrating technology into the Social Studies curriculum, students will experience the kinds of instructional methods and strategies that are recommended as current best practices. Students will engage in activities and assignments that will foster reflection and discussion addressing the components of geography, history, government, economics, and sociology.

Corequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2275


EDU 2275 - Methods Field Experience I - 1 cr.
Students apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 2270 and EDU 2271 in an elementary classroom setting. Students will focus on classroom culture and teacher professionalism, social studies and science methods, technology, and reflection. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 2270 and 2271.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2210, EDU 2215, EDU 2270, EDU 2271


EDU 2300 - Human Relations - 2 cr.
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.


EDU 2420 - Integrating Edu Technology - 3 cr.
Provides an overview of the research and application of educational technology to support and enhance student learning. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to integrate technology into their teaching practices.


EDU 2500 - Communications: Elem/Middl EDU - 6 cr.
Focuses on the integration of children's literature, language arts and media/technology. Students engage in a comprehensive study of children's literature with an appraisal of print and nonprint materials for elementary/ middle students. Students identify major components of language arts, select and produce materials, develop lessons and integrate trade books into the language arts program. Students gain an understanding of the role of media and technology in elementary classroom instruction by developing lessons that appropriately integrate technology. Students are introduced to the writing process, and develop their own writing projects. The course must be taken concurrently with EDU 2505. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program, EDU 1500, 2200 or permission of Education undergraduate chair.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 1500, EDU 2200

Corequisite Course: EDU 2505


EDU 2505 - Field Experience-Com/Clsrm MGT - 2 cr.
Applies skills and knowledge examined in EDU 2500 in an elementary or middle school classroom setting. The focus is on observing classroom culture and teacher professionalism while providing an opportunity to work with groups of children in an elementary or middle school. The course emphasizes classroom management strategies. The field experience must be taken concurrently with EDU 2500.

Corequisite Course: EDU 2500


EDU 2777 - Topics in Education - 0-4 cr.
Topic courses address a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.


EDU 2800 - Teaching Process I - 3 cr.
Provides pre-service teachers with an understanding of the characteristics of a positive classroom environment in which literacy is emphasized. They examine how teaching/learning environments are influenced by: 1.) the relationship between teachers and their students 2.) the content and methodology chosen by teachers 3.) and the school, community, and governmental systems of which students and teachers are a part. Topics include: middle level education; lesson design; Minnesota Academic Standards; the relationship between objectives and assessments; the effective use of direct instruction, teacher modeling, and small group and individual assignments; formative assessments; questioning strategies; reading/writing strategies; multiple intelligences activities; large/small group discussions.


EDU 2805 - Field Experience Middle School - 1 cr.
Introduces students to the culture of a middle school environment. They observe and assist teachers, interview school personnel, talk with students, and teach lessons that incorporate computer-based technology activities and reading strategies. Corequisite: EDU 2800.


EDU 2999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Independent study in an area of interest. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.


EDU 3000 - Capstone Portfolio - 0 cr.
Provides students with an introduction to the Capstone Portfolio that is used as an ongoing assessment throughout the teacher licensure programs. Students are provided access to the electronic portfolio system and support in creating portfolio submissions.


EDU 3250 - Special Needs/Inclusion - 2 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 2800


EDU 3260 - Middle School Phils & Models - 2 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2500, EDU 3500


EDU 3270 - Reading Methods - 4 cr.
Examines the characteristics of a well-balanced developmental reading program and prepares elementary/ middle education majors to be successful teachers of reading. Students analyze the merger of theory and practice in developing effective instructional strategies for elementary and middle school students. Diagnosis and remediation of students with reading problems are also addressed. Current research and best practices pedagogy form the foundational principles of the course. Emphasis is on a balanced approach to reading instruction and content literacy across the curriculum. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program, EDU 2500 or EDU 3500,or consent of instructor.


EDU 3300 - Ojibwe Education Principles - 4 cr.
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.


EDU 3400 - Classroom Assessment - 2 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2500, EDU 3500


EDU 3430 - Harnessing Power of Internet - 3 cr.
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.


EDU 3440 - Using Digital Media in Classro - 3 cr.
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.


EDU 3450 - Leadership/Trends Edu Tech - 3 cr.
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


EDU 3500 - Content Area Learning - 8 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 2500

Corequisite Course: EDU 3505


EDU 3505 - Field Exp Cont Area/Clssrm MGT - 2 cr.
Applies skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3500 in an elementary or middle level classroom setting. The course emphasizes the teaching of social studies, science and mathematics content areas. Students explore and practice classroom management strategies and reflect on and discuss classroom experiences. The field experience must be taken concurrently with EDU 3500.

Corequisite Course: EDU 3500


EDU 3610 - Math Teaching Methods K-6 - 4 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2271, MTH 1113, MTH 1114, MTH 1116


EDU 3615 - Methods Field Experience II - 2 cr.
The student will also be asked to reflect on her/his experience in the field placement classroom. Students apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3615 in an elementary classroom setting. The focus is on observation of classroom culture and teacher professionalism, math methods, technology, and reflection. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 3615. Field experience activities and application from EDU 3250 may be required in this course dependent on the students’ course sequence.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2271, EDU 2275, EDU 3610


EDU 3620 - Classroom Assessment - 2 cr.
An inquiry into the essence of the assessment process. The purpose and process of assessment will be investigated from a theoretical, phenomenological, personal, and experiential perspective. Topics include a brief history of assessment in education, underlying assumptions driving our assessment practices, the forms, purposes and effects of assessment used in classrooms today and new directions for assessment being advocated. This course is also listed as a benchmark course for the teaching portfolio. Students will share their whole portfolio with the education faculty to receive feedback.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 2200


EDU 3715 - Methods Field Experience III - 2 cr.
Students apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3710 in an elementary classroom setting. The focus is on observation of classroom culture and teacher professionalism, emphasizing literacy, reflection, and discussion while providing an opportunity to work with groups of children. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 3710. Field experience activities and application from EDU 3250 may be required in this course dependent on the students’ course sequence.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2271, EDU 2275, EDU 3610, EDU 3615, EDU 3710


EDU 3720 - Reading/Language Arts Methods - 4 cr.
Examines 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. 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 are 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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2271


EDU 3725 - Children's Literature - 2 cr.
Provides an in-depth study of children's literature that focuses on the evaluation, selection, and sharing of children's books in instructional settings. Students will read, respond to, and evaluate picture books and chapter books of various genres. There is an emphasis on the identification and teaching of literary elements in context, strategies for sharing books with children, and the importance of using authentic children's literature in schools.


EDU 3777 - Independent Study - 0-6 cr.
Topics.


EDU 3800 - Teaching Process II - 3 cr.
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

Prerequisite Course: EDU 2800

Corequisite Course: EDU 3805


EDU 3805 - Teaching Process II Field Experience - 1 cr.
Students apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3800 in high school classroom setting. Students will focus on classroom culture and teacher professionalism, using research-based practices, and reflection. The field experience must be taken concurrently with EDU 3800.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2805, EDU 3800

Corequisite Course: EDU 3800


EDU 3999 - Independent Study - 1-2 cr.
Independent Study.


EDU 4300 - Ojibwe Education Methods - 4 cr.
Explores techniques and methodologies for teaching Ojibwe learners. Students gain an understanding of the culture, traditions, and history of the Anishinaabe. Based on this information and drawing on information obtained in EDU 3300, students learn how to create, adapt, and integrate culturally and linguistically relevant Ojibwe curricula into content areas at primary, middle and secondary levels.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 3300


EDU 4500 - K-6 Student Teaching - 14 cr.
Provides students with a practical teaching experience in a local elementary or middle school under the supervision of a licensed teacher. This placement includes maintaining an environment conducive to learning; planning and teaching learning units (using both long-term and daily planning tools); developing assessments to evaluate students' learning; working with students with diverse learning needs; communicating effectively with students, parents/guardians, colleagues, and school support personnel; and participating in school activities.

Corequisite Course: EDU 4510


EDU 4510 - K-6 Student Teaching Seminar - 2 cr.
Helps students reflect on and deal with situations encountered in their student teaching experience. Attendance is required. Class discussions and reflections come from the daily challenges of being with students in a classroom setting. Time is also spent on discussing the job application, portfolio development, and licensure processes. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 4500.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 4500

Corequisite Course: EDU 4500


EDU 4700 - Middle Level/HS Student Teach - 14 cr.
Provides students with a practical teaching experience in a local middle school or high school under the supervision of a licensed teacher. This placement includes maintaining an environment conducive to learning; planning and teaching learning units (using both long-term and daily planning tools); developing assessments to evaluate students' learning; working with students with diverse learning needs; communicating effectively with students, parents/guardians, colleagues, and school support personnel; and participating in school activities.

Corequisite Course: EDU 4710


EDU 4710 - Gr 5-12 Student Teaching Semnr - 2 cr.
Helps students reflect on and deal with situations encountered in their student teaching experience. Attendance is required. Class discussions and reflections come from the daily challenges of being with students in a classroom setting. Time is also spent on discussing the job application, portfolio development, and licensure processes. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 4700.

Corequisite Course: EDU 4700


EDU 4777 - Topics in Education - 0-7 cr.
Topic courses address a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.


EDU 4999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Independent study in an area of interest. Pre-requisite: permission of department chair.


EDU 5111 - Reflection/Professional Development - 1 cr.
Course Description: The course introduces students to the concepts and practice of professional reflection. Students develop skills with writing instructional outcomes and the lesson planning process that will be used throughout the program. The course also provides students opportunities to be actively engaged in learning about the four program strands; reflection & professional development, technology, diversity, and content integration. The program portfolio is introduced and initiated in the course.


EDU 5115 - Foundations of American Education - 1 cr.
Provides students with grounding in the philosophical and historical roots of education as well as knowledge of the current theories, structures, and practices. Students analyze major topics including the relationship between schools and society, educational responses to the increasing diversity in today's classrooms, and the current and evolving process of teaching and learning. Through online and on-site activities, students synthesize the knowledge of theories, structures, and practices to develop an understanding of the American system of education, empowering them to make informed decisions about their careers.


EDU 5125 - Diversity in the Classroom - 1 cr.
Provides students with an understanding of the diversity that is in our classrooms today and explores ways in which classrooms and schools can become more inclusive. This course also explores learning strategies, personal and professional philosophies, and research that will help meet the educational needs of diverse learners. The topics include multicultural education, gender equity, English language learners and cultural diversity.


EDU 5130 - Learning & Development - 2 cr.
Provides educators with a solid grounding in cognitive/educational psychology. Students examine children's and adolescent's cognitive, social and emotional growth and development as a function of their social and cultural context. The context of the school from a multicultural perspective frames the discussion of specific topics including: motivation, learning styles, moral development, personality development, general theories of intelligence, and theories of cognitive development and their effects on the educational process. Cognitive theory is linked to technology use and students examine some of the innovative ways that technology is being used to promote cognitive growth.


EDU 5135 - Exceptionality & Inclusion - 2 cr.
Exceptionality and inclusion addresses the social construction of disability, types and characteristics of exceptionalities, and requirements of disability legislation. Students are prepared apply to professional practice the principles of inclusion, differentiation, universal design for learning, and collaboration.


EDU 5150 - Experiences with Children - 0 cr.
Description coming soon.


EDU 5220 - Classroom Assessment - 2 cr.
An inquiry into the essence of the assessment process. The purpose and process of assessments is investigated from a theoretical, phenomenological and personal, experiential perspective. Topics include a brief history of assessment in education; underlying assumptions driving our assessment practices; the forms, purposes and effects of assessment used in classrooms today; and new directions for assessment being advocated.


EDU 5240 - Secondary Drug & Hlth Edu - 1 cr.
Secondary Drug & Health Education takes a holistic approach to adolescent health issues and problems including: depression, suicide, eating disorders, violence in school, family and relationships issues, drug abuse, sexual abuse, and STD's. Students identify how risk factors in a student's environment outside of school, including family circumstances, community environments, health and economic conditions, may influence the quality of student life and learning. Prevention, intervention and follow-up approaches are emphasized.


EDU 5250 - Field Experience I/Class Mgt - 1 cr.
Apply theory, reflect, and develop professionally as students work in a K-12 classroom setting. Students use methods, concepts, and theories related to foundations of education. The focus of the 30 hour field experience is on creating productive learning environments and managing student behavior. The seminar and electronic discussion components of the course provide students with opportunities to actively explore central educational issues and key concepts related to classroom management. Classroom management is studied as a discipline, as an approach, and as instruction.


EDU 5310 - Visual & Performing Arts - 1 cr.
Examines the arts as a basic and essential form of human communication. Explores and analyzes integration of the arts as a way to increase student achievement. Students learn to integrate literature, art, drama, dance, and music throughout the curriculum by gaining a basic knowledge of the arts, reasons for integration, and integration strategies and principles. Students examine research and current school programs that integrate the arts across the curriculum. The course provides opportunities for active involvement in the arts through online and in-class activities.


EDU 5320 - Physical Education & Health - 1 cr.
Examines and integrates principles associated with physical education and health at the elementary and middle level. Students analyze and learn to apply physical education and health content and pedagogy. Attitudes and habits related to healthful living are explored and current trends in physical education and health pedagogy are stressed. Issues of mood altering chemicals and their effects on the individual, the family and society are addressed along with the ten common content areas of health education. School and community resources as they relate to the content are explored.


EDU 5325 - Reading/Lang Arts: Meth I - 2 cr.
Through instruction that is grounded in methodologically sound research, students will develop the knowledge base needed to design an effective reading/language arts program. In this first of two courses, students will engage in analysis of current reading philosophies and receive extensive instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Theory and practice will merge as students design lessons, analyze case studies, and view and assess classroom video clips. Students will use a variety of assessment tools and experience interpreting results that inform instruction.


EDU 5330 - Comm Arts & Lit: Elementary - 2 cr.
Examines and integrates the areas of language arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and children's literature. Prepares students to be successful teachers of the language arts by providing an understanding of the roles of reading, language arts, and children's literature in elementary and middle school classroom instruction. Students analyze and evaluate current research trends. Best practice in teaching language arts is the focus of the course. Topics include oral language development and oral language activities, listening comprehension, reading (phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, reading fluency, vocabulary instruction, text comprehension, and content area reading), children's literature and the language arts, process writing (including grammar, usage, mechanics of language), spelling, handwriting, assessment, and working with children from multicultural backgrounds.


EDU 5331 - Comm Arts & Lit: Secondary - 2 cr.
Provides students with an understanding of the theories and practices emphasized by teaching an integrated approach of reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills at the middle and high school levels. Students analyze and evaluate best practice lessons, and write composition, literature, and skills lesson plans. Students reflect, respond, and participate in online discussion groups and on-site seminars. Topics include strategies for teaching grammar, comprehension, literature, and skills instruction.


EDU 5332 - Comm Arts & Lit: Secondary - 2 cr.
Provides students with an understanding of the theories and practices emphasized by teaching an integrated approach of reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills at the middle and high school levels. Students analyze and evaluate best practice lessons, and write composition, literature, and skills lesson plans. Students reflect, respond, and participate in on-line discussion groups and on-site seminars. Topics include strategies for teaching grammar, comprehension, literature, and skills instruction.


EDU 5335 - Secondary Content Area Reading Strategies - 2 cr.
Looks at a balanced approach between student-centered and teacher-directed instructional approaches, focusing on describing, illustrating, and applying strategies for content area literacy in the middle and secondary grades. The course will explore content literacy within the context of multiple literacies. Through modeled practices and activities, participants will acquire strategies to nurture the skills needed by their future secondary students to understand and learn content. In addition to analyzing text structure and vocabulary of texts in their content discipline, students will examine research data and explore internet resources. This course follows the recommendations of and supports the policies set forth by the National Reading Panel.


EDU 5340 - Social Studies Methods: Elem - 2 cr.
This course focuses on fundamental social studies teaching methods for elementary learners. Candidates learn appropriate methods of inquiry, curriculum development, instructional planning strategies, and assessment in social studies. An understanding and application of the research base for and the best practices of elementary and middle level social studies education is the framework for the course.


EDU 5341 - Socl Studies Methods: Second - 2 cr.
Examines and integrates a variety of best practice teaching techniques and methods useful to social studies instruction within the middle school classroom. The course combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that can be applied within the broad field of social studies. Special emphasis is placed on designing lessons for middle school students, reading strategies for social studies content, middle school philosophy, examining standards- based education and learning a broad scope of best practice techniques


EDU 5342 - Social Studies Mthds:Secondary - 2 cr.
Examines and integrates a variety of best practice teaching techniques and methods useful to social studies instruction within the secondary classroom. The course combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that can be applied within the broad field of social studies. Special emphasis is placed on designing unit lessons, on inquiry, examining standards -based education, integrating technology into social studies instruction and learning a broad scope of best practice techniques.


EDU 5350 - Field Experience II/Class Mgt - 2 cr.
Apply theory, reflect, and develop professionally in a K-12 classroom setting. Use of methods, concepts, and theories related to the teaching of the content areas. The focus of the 35-hour field experience is on creating productive learning environments and managing student behavior. Observation and evaluation by CSS faculty is an essential component of the field experience. The seminar and electronic discussion components of the course provide opportunities to actively explore central educational issues and key concepts related to classroom management. The schedule will be arranged between the pre-service and cooperating teachers to be completed during the time period identified above.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 5250


EDU 5360 - Math Methods: Elementary - 2 cr.
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.


EDU 5361 - Math Methods: Middle Level - 2 cr.
Designed to provide students with a knowledge base that enables them to become effective middle/secondary mathematics teachers. Students are involved in analyzing and evaluating effective teaching strategies, philosophies and theories related to the teaching of mathematics. Emphasis is on current national and Minnesota mathematics standards, use of technology to teach mathematics, use of manipulatives to teach mathematics, lesson and unit planning, assessments , and current trends in teaching mathematics.


EDU 5362 - Math Methods: Secondary - 2 cr.
Designed to provide students with a knowledge base that enables them to become effective secondary mathematics teachers. Students are involved in analyzing and evaluating effective teaching strategies, philosophies and theories related to the teaching of mathematics. Emphasis is on current national and Minnesota mathematics standards, use of technology to teach mathematics, use of manipulatives to teach mathematics, lesson and unit planning, assessments, and current trends in teaching mathematics.


EDU 5370 - Science Methods: Elementary - 2 cr.
Prepares the teacher candidate to teach science in elementary and middle schools. Emphasis is on use of standards, teaching science as inquiry, and use of a variety of strategies to teach science concepts. Students examine, analyze, and apply best practices for teaching and learning science. Students examine and discuss recommendations for science teaching from research and national science organizations, and justify the use of particular methods for teaching science in the elementary and middle school classroom.


EDU 5371 - Science Methods: Middle School - 2 cr.
This is a pre-practicum course for individuals planning to teach middle school science. Major topics include needs of young adolescents; integrating an understanding of the academic specialty with an understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, classroom management, and professional development; reading in science; planning and assessing science instruction using a variety of methods and educational technologies.


EDU 5372 - Science Methods = Secondary - 2 cr.
This is a pre-practicum course for individuals planning to teach high school science. Major topics include exploration and application of best practices, safety in the high school science classroom, unit and yearly planning.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 5371


EDU 5450 - Field Experience III/Class MGT - 2 cr.
Apply theory, reflect, and develop professionally in a K-12 classroom setting. Use of methods, concepts, and theories related to the teaching of the content areas. The focus of the 35-hour field experience is on creating productive learning environments and managing student behavior. A critical aspect of this field experience is the “mini-edTPA,” designed to prepare teacher candidates for the Teacher Performance Assessment required in student teaching. Observation and evaluation by CSS faculty is an essential component of the field experience. The seminar and electronic discussion components of the course provide opportunities to actively explore central educational issues and key concepts related to classroom management. The schedule will be arranged between the pre-service and cooperating teachers to be completed during the time period identified above.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 5250, EDU 5350


EDU 5500 - Student Teaching Internship - 3-7 cr.
Student Teaching Internship: Provides teacher candidates with a practical teaching experience in a local school, under the supervision of a licensed cooperating teacher. The experience includes formal observation, planning of teaching units, participation in school activities, working with students with diverse learning needs, communicating effectively with parents/guardians, and working with school support personnel. Observation and evaluation by CSS faculty and cooperating teachers is increased in this experience. The teacher candidate will also plan and complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) during student teaching. Please note that the student teaching internship is a full-time experience for a minimum of twelve weeks. Teacher candidates must also register for and attend internship seminars (EDU 5510). Pre-requisites: Admission to the program; Faculty approval

Corequisite Course: EDU 5510


EDU 5510 - Student Teaching Seminar - 2 cr.
Address issues and experiences the teacher candidate encounters during the student teaching experience and critical issues relevant to the teaching profession. The seminar also examines models and strategies of effective classroom management and evidence-based strategies that may positively impact student learning. The seminar instructor will provide support for completing all Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) tasks. Information will also be provided for completing their program portfolio, preparing for a job search, and applying for their Minnesota teaching license. Pre-requisites: Admission to program, successful completion all other required licensure courses

Corequisite Course: EDU 5500


EDU 5777 - Independent Study - 0-9 cr.
Topics in Education.


EDU 6180 - Understanding & Evaluating Educational Research - 3 cr.
Students evaluate various types of educational research relevant to classroom practice by analyzing sample studies for effective research questions and research designs; sampling, data collection and data analysis methods; and validity, reliability, and ethical issues. Students then locate credible peer-reviewed research on a topic of interest in their professional practice and critically synthesize the literature. Pre-requisite: EDU 5500.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 5500


EDU 6190 - Using Data to Improve Student Learning - 4 cr.
Students examine various kinds of data collected in schools, the purposes for which the data are used, and the techniques for analyzing and interpreting the data. Students examine alternative data to identify inequities in the school experience for marginalized groups. Students use data from their own professional setting to identify student learning problems, propose solutions, and recommend an action plan to improve student learning. A capstone seminar is held in which students discuss key issues related to using data to improve the learning of all students.


EDU 6340 - Foundations of Literacy - 3 cr.
Explores the theoretical, philosophical, and historical underpinnings of literacy instruction. Students examine the following major topics: emergent literacy, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and digital literacy. Students investigate the ways in which these topics inform literacy programs and reflect on the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that shape their own teaching practice.


EDU 6350 - Effective Literacy instruction - 3 cr.
Examines instructional techniques, activities, and strategies that promote and sustain reading success in literacy classrooms. The focus of this course is on understanding and creating a balanced literacy program that meets the diverse needs of all learners.


EDU 6360 - Reading in the Content Areas - 3 cr.
An investigation into the reading process and strategies appropriate for teaching literacy within the content areas. Students will learn how to select and implement strategies that support and enhance the literacy and content specific text needs of their learners.


EDU 6370 - Universal Design for Learning - 3 cr.
Students examine the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the related frameworks of Differentiation and Universal Design for Instruction. Students experience features of UDL in their assignments, including universally designed online learning modules, assigned resources in multiple formats, and choices for student-initiated projects. Students explore and apply a wide variety of technologies and strategies to improve learning for all learners in both K-12 and postsecondary settings.


EDU 6375 - Literacy Assessment and Interventions - 3 cr.
Provides an in-depth study of assessment and intervention in the literacy classroom. The selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of assessment results will be examined and applied. The course will provide opportunities for students to use data gained from assessments to design, plan, and implement effective reading interventions for readers at the elementary and secondary levels.


EDU 6380 - Leadership in K-12 Literacy - 3 cr.
Explores the expanding need for literacy leadership in the K-12 school setting. Areas of focus will include: school wide literacy programs, using district and school wide assessment data to inform instructional needs, creating and maintaining a sustainable literacy plan and creating and organizing ongoing professional development.


EDU 6420 - Integrating Tech in Classroom - 3 cr.
In this first course, you assess your current technology skills and knowledge and set some learning goals for integrating technology in your classroom. You examine some of the trends and issues of technology integration, investigate some of the various types of educational software and technology tools available, and develop a technology integration plan for your classroom.


EDU 6430 - Webtools for Learning - 3 cr.
This course provides an introduction to instructional design and an in-depth exploration and application of web-based and digital resources for learning. The course provides an overview of effective web-based resources, including Web 2.0, evaluation strategies for reviewing digital resources, video, discussion threads, and learning objects. Participants will also consider best-practices in the area of web-based learning environments and develop learning activities and a collection of resources for educational environments. Participants in the "Certificate in Online Instruction" program will develop a simple online course structure that will be developed in future courses.


EDU 6435 - Using Online Subscription Data - 3 cr.
This course provides an overview of online subscription databases used by K-12 students for research and by teachers for professional development. Searching techniques, navigation of the databases, selection of appropriate databases, and integration of database content into core subject content areas and teacher professional development projects are covered.


EDU 6440 - Using Digital Media - 3 cr.
This course 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.


EDU 6445 - Online Teaching Methods - 3 cr.
Master the essential basics of designing and teaching online courses. This fully online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of teaching online. As part of this experience, you will use the Blackboard/WebCT course management system to develop a sample course of your own design, including a syllabus, discussions, course content, and other components that are optimized for the online teaching and learning environment. The course will be organized into eight learning modules, each presenting two weeks of content.


EDU 6450 - Leadership/Future Trends Ed Te - 3 cr.
This online course is designed to help develop 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. Prerequisite: EDU 6420, EDU 6430, EDU 6440, or Instructor permission.


EDU 6460 - Techn. for Online Environment - 3 cr.
Master the essential basics of technologies that are available for the online environment. This online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of online technologies. Participants will explore a wide range of online technologies and how they can be used to enhance the online learning environment. Participants will evaluate, select, and integrate technologies into their online course structures.


EDU 6470 - Capstone: Cert Online Instruct - 3 cr.
This final course for the Certificate in Online Instruction program will consist of three major components: completion of the online course (begun in the first class and added to in each successive class), implementation of the course with "student" participants, and final course revisions following student, instructor, and mentor feedback.


EDU 6500 - M.Ed. Program Orientation - 0 cr.
Orientation offers an introduction to the M.Ed. program, and the course management learning system, Blackboard. In addition, participants will learn and practice new technology skills, develop a program plan, identify library resources, set personal goals, learn about the Benedictine Values, and apply technology skills to online community building.


EDU 6510 - Current Issues and Future Trends in Education - 3 cr.
This course will provide an introduction to the M.Ed. Program and will examine 21st Century teaching and learning as it applies to current issues and future trends in education. In addition, education theory will be introduced to engage learners in professional scaffolding of knowledge and best practice for 21st Century teachers and learners.


EDU 6520 - 21st Century Tech for Teaching - 3 cr.
In this first course, you assess your current technology skills and knowledge and set some learning goals for integrating technology in your classroom. You examine some of the trends and issues of technology integration, investigate some of the various types of educational software and technology tools available, and develop a technology integration plan for your classroom.


EDU 6525 - Introduction to Educational Research - 3 cr.
An overview of research in education that provides practicing professionals an opportunity to identify, read, interpret, and apply educational research. This includes a study of research methodologies, analyses of relevant literature, and the development of a literature review in a self-selected area of interest.


EDU 6530 - Prom Critical Think Classroom - 3 cr.
Introduces thinking skills taxonomies, thinking routines, and tools for inquiry-based instruction and assessment. Candidates analyze and create assessments, instructional materials, and teaching approaches for the development of inquiry and argument in one's practice.


EDU 6540 - Data Driven Classroom Assessme - 3 cr.
Focus is on learning to use student assessment data to inform decisions related to planning and implementing instructional strategies at the classroom and individual student level. Participants learn how to collect and organize data, analyze and interpret that data, and make informed decisions. Participants will develop "data literacy"; a basic understanding of how data can be used to inform instruction.


EDU 6550 - Culturally Responsive Instruction - 3 cr.
Students examine characteristics of culturally responsive instruction and how to develop culturally responsive instruction techniques. Participants will engage in critical reflective exercises to understand current practice, barriers to student achievement, including examining the achievement gap. Students will examine inclusive learning environments and develop new strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student body.


EDU 6560 - Research Based Inquiry - Capstone - 3 cr.
Students work closely with their assigned faculty mentor to conduct their action research study and complete an original scholarly work. Reflection, analyses and dissemination of final work is required for successful completion of course.


EDU 6570 - Developing Intercultural Competence - 3 cr.
A critical examination of how power and privilege manifest itself in schools, communities and systems. Provides students an opportunity to explore beliefs, and biases as they relate to diverse issues and personal growth through completion of and examination of the IDI.


EDU 6580 - Culturally Inclusive Learning Communities and Schools - 3 cr.
Examines culturally inclusive pedagogy and dimensions of multi-cultural education. Exploration and examination of the theoretical frameworks of multicultural education; develop skills to create and support culturally inclusive teaching and learning communities. Examine and identify the relationship between culture and learning.


EDU 6710 - Computational Thinking & Standards - 3 cr.
Present and review the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) K12 Computer Science Standards along with resources on Computational Thinking and strategies for implementing them in the K12 curriculum. The course will also begin to address stereotypes about computing, how to debunk myths about working in technology, and include strategies for active recruiting.


EDU 6777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Courses on current topics are offered from time to time. See the School of Education website for current offerings. http://www.css.edu/Academics/School-of-Education.html


EDU 6900 - Continuing Enrollment: Act Res - 0 cr.
Required registration for continuing work on final action research project. Students not completing EDU 6150 and EDU 6160 in the designated number of semesters must register for EDU 6900 each semester until completion of the course requirements


EDU 6999 - Independent Study - 0-8 cr.
Independent Study in Education.