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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.


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.

Prerequisite 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.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 2210


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.


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


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.


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 - 4 cr.
Provides students with an understanding of the characteristics of a positive classroom environment in which respect is emphasized. Students examine how the teaching/learning environment is influenced both by the relationship between the teacher and the students and by the content and the methodology chosen by the teacher. Topics include: classroom management; communication with parents/guardians; middle level education; the teaching philosophy-classroom environment connection; and technology integration. Students learn how to incorporate multiple intelligences activities, reading strategies, and computer- based technology skills into daily lesson planning. Corequisite: EDU 2805.


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 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 Courses: EDU 2800, EDU 3610, EDU 3710


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


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.


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, EDU 2275, 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 3710 - Reading/Lang Arts/Child Lit - 6 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2270, EDU 2271


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 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 Courses: EDU 2800, EDU 3700


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-8 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.


EDU 4510 - K-8 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


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.


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.


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.