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EDU 1520 - Pathways to Teaching: Introduction to Socially Just Education - 3 cr.
Examines teaching as a career and the foundations of our educational system. Students will explore the sociopolitical context related to schools, communities, and teaching while providing an overview of such topics as school culture, diversity, ethnicity, and social realities in American schools. Students will learn research skills by reviewing and analyzing achievement data to generate questions, offer suggestions, and engage in critical dialogue about educational inequalities and educational justice. The course also incorporates field experiences within elementary schools.


EDU 1540 - Introduction to Teaching - 3 cr.
Introduces 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.


EDU 2160 - Content Reading &Writing Secondary - 2 cr.
Description coming soon.


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/Needs of Learners - 4 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 2260 - Visual and Performing Arts Methods - 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.

Corequisite Courses: EDU 2271, EDU 2275


EDU 2271 - Social Studies/Techno Methods - 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 Course: EDU 2270


EDU 2400 - Children's Literature - 2 cr.
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. Emphasizes 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 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 2460 - Social Studies Elem Methods - 2 cr.
The primary goal of this course is to guide teacher candidates in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective teaching of Elementary Social Studies. Integrating Social Studies curriculum into other content specific disciplines in Kindergarten through Grade Six is emphasized. In addition, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, experience, and practice implementing instructional methods and strategies that are recommended as current best practices for integrating social studies content. Teacher candidates will engage in activities and assignments that will foster reflection and discussion addressing the components of geography, history, government, economics, and sociology.


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 2600 - Instructional Planning & Management with Field Experience I - 4 cr.
Description coming soon.

Prerequisite Course: EDU 1540


EDU 2777 - Topics in Education - 0-1 cr.
Addresses a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.


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 3100 - Teaching for Inclusion & Equity - 4 cr.
Develop intercultural knowledge and competence for culturally responsive professional practices. Concepts of culture, identity, race, sexuality, power and privilege are examined through concrete learning tasks and course readings to enhance students’ ability to participate in the reconstruction of schools, communities and national assumptions about equity. Course readings and assignments provide students with opportunities to recognize inequity, respond to inequity, redress inequity and develop equitable practices to enhance and sustain equity. Students develop understanding that enhances their capacity to act on the idea that individually and collectively they can help change the world from poverty, discrimination and injustice to a world marked by equal access, equitable opportunities and respect for our shared humanity.


EDU 3220 - Educ Res Children & Young Adlt - 1-4 cr.
Provides students with knowledge and skill in the use of appropriate educational resources in the promotion of reading skills. Students examine a variety of resources appropriate for use with grade 5-8 students.


EDU 3250 - Introduction to Special Education - 2-4 cr.
Addresses teachers’ roles in educating children and youth with disabilities. Students examine the social construction of disability, disability legislation; rights and responsibilities of parents, educators, and students; and universal design for learning. Topics include historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with disabilities. This course contains a field requirement.

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 online 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 3555 - Internship - 0-16 cr.
Description coming soon.


EDU 3600 - Education Tech - Mid/Secondary - 4 cr.
Provides opportunity for teacher candidate will develop knowledge and strategies to effectively use and integrate technology as a tool for teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom setting. Specifically, teacher candidates will meet the needs of all K-12 learners by using inclusive technology practices that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Teacher candidates engage in opportunities to collect, share and assess information. Teacher candidates will practice digital awareness, interrogate digital divides and critique technology tools developing proficiencies necessary in the field of education. The teacher candidate will have the opportunity to plan for and implement these practices in a K-12 field placement setting. This course requires 50 hours of field experience practicum within a local school.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 1540, EDU 2210, EDU 2600


EDU 3610 - Mathematics Elementary Methods - 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.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2600, MTH 1113, MTH 1114, MTH 1210, MTH 1211

Corequisite Courses: EDU 3600, EDU 4600


EDU 3621 - Foundations of Special Education - 2-4 cr.
Addresses the foundational knowledge necessary for working with students with exceptionalities utilizing the principles of Universal Design. Topics include an introduction to disability laws, an overview of the special education process, historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities and an introduction to Universal Design


EDU 3630 - Collaboration Skills - 3-4 cr.
Develops skills necessary for successfully communicating and collaborating with families, educators, related service providers and community resources specific to the programming needs of students with exceptionalities. Topics include ethics, knowledge and skills of collaboration, the application of collaboration for consultation, team membership, co-teaching, the supervision of paraprofessionals, and the impact of family and culture on communication and collaboration. This course contains a field requirement.


EDU 3640 - Behavior Theories, Analysis and Interventions - 3-4 cr.
Focuses on the legal and ethical aspects of behavior management and positive behaviors and supports for students with disabilities. Students are prepared to conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and design and implement Behavior Intervention Plans that promote and enhance positive behavior. This course contains a field requirement.


EDU 3650 - Assessment Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities - 3-4 cr.
Addresses the knowledge and skills related to assessment, evaluation, and eligibility for special education and related services of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include norm referenced individualized test instruments, classroom based assessments, formal/informal assessments, basic statistics/measurement concepts, school-based definitions, criteria, characteristics and report writing. This course contains a field requirement.


EDU 3670 - Fundamental Characteristics of Mile/Moderate Disabilities - 2-4 cr.
Develops a deeper understanding of skills and knowledge necessary for teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities. Topics include theories/practices for mild disabilities, support systems, current trends at local, state, national levels and impacts of culture, disability, and gender on identification.


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


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 - Student Teaching K-6 - 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 4600 - Assessment with Field Experience III - 4 cr.
Description coming soon.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2600, EDU 3600


EDU 4700 - Gr. 5-12 Student Teaching - 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.
Address a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.


EDU 4800 - Student Teaching Internship & Seminar - 16 cr.
Description coming soon.


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