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Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

Courses

EDUC 254 - Introduction to the Teaching Profession

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 121

An analysis of implications for teachers and teaching as education moves into the 21st century. Focus is on preparing beginning teachers to understand different aspects of diversity and how they can address these differences in their teaching. This course should be the first one taken in the teacher education program.

An introduction to the library research skills used in the field of teaching. The use of primary and secondary sources including the use of on-line data bases will be discussed as well as publication styles. Students will also engage in activities designed to sharpen critical thinking as well as acquaint themselves with current trends in the discipline of teaching. Students will begin the process producing senior portfolio development. This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in  Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Spring)

EDUC 263 - Religion in the SDA School

3 hours

A study of a variety of strategies in teaching the Bible creatively. Students will discover an approach to learning that Jesus perfected-totally involving people through active experiences, creating learning environments, adjusting emphasis from teaching to learning, and developing lessons using a model of teaching repertoire. (This course does not apply to religion requirements but is required for Seventh-day Adventist Denominational Certification.) Includes field experience. (Fall)

EDUC 291 - Selected Topics

1-2 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program, and approval of department chair

A study in an area of interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory, or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. (Fall, Spring)

EDUC 275 - Teaching Culturally Diverse Students

3 hours

Addresses the preparation of teachers for the wide diversity of students they will encounter in their classrooms with an emphasis on developing methods for involving the family in the educational process. Also emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to help students be better informed and proactive in a multicultural society along with the legal basis for desegregation and multiculturalism in American Education. (Fall)

EDUC 310 - Second Language Instruction and Assessment

3 hours

This course will address theoretical and practical aspects of ESL instruction and testing. A variety of teaching strategies will be presented, along with how to incorporate national and state standards in classroom activities. Socio-cultural issues of language and language acquisition will be covered, with an in-depth analysis of how policy affects classroom teaching. Discussion of formal and informal assessment procedures and instruments will also be included to learn basic concepts, issues, and practices related to test design, development, and interpretation and to use this knowledge to select, adapt, and develop assessments for different purposes in the ESL program; to apply knowledge of formal and informal assessments used in the ESL classroom and to know their characteristics, uses, and limitations; and to understand relations among state mandated standards, instruction, and assessment in the ESL program. (Fall)

EDUC 312 - Educational Psychology

3 hours

A study of psychology as it relates to the learning processes and teaching methods. Principles and theories of learning are reviewed and individual differences and psychological concepts examined. Attention is given to exceptional learners. Includes field experience. This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Fall)

EDUC 322 - Adolescent Psychology

3 hours

An overview of the physical, mental and emotional phases of human development during the adolescent years. A study of the environmental and educational problems of the teenager. (Also taught as PSYC 322.) (Spring)

EDUC 326 - Exceptional Children

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program.

Provides students with skills to include children of all abilities through appropriate arrangement of the environment. Study will include the characteristics, assessment, admission, review, and dismissal processes for special students requiring individualized or specialized programs. (Also taught as PSYC 326.) (Spring)

EDUC 350 - Educational Technology

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

The focus of this course is on developing integration strategies and acquiring computer skills for using instructional technology and educational software, digital media, and information technologies appropriate to the K-12 teaching environments.  This course will help you reflect on the role various forms of electronic and digital technology can play in the teaching/learning process and how you can engage these processes in your classroom. (Spring)

EDUC 364 - Kindergarten Materials and Methods

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program and EDUC 366

A course designed to acquaint the student with developmentally appropriate kindergarten curriculum, with emphasis on addressing each child's individual needs, abilities, interests, and cultural diversity. Includes topics such as language and literacy, puppets, dramatic play, art, sensory centers, music and movement, math, science, and social studies. Includes field experience. (Fall)

EDUC 366 - Educational Programs for Young People

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

A course designed to acquaint the student with the what, who, why, where, and how of early childhood education, ranging from the history of early childhood education to the implementation of developmentally appropriate practice. Includes field experience. (Spring)

EDUC 375 - Children's Literature and the Teaching of Reading

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

A course designed to acquaint the student with the many ways children benefit from literature at different times in their lives and appreciate what happens when a child is engaged by a book; to acquaint the student with the wealth of children's books that are available today and to enable them to make critical judgments about them; and to equip the student with a range of proven strategies to bring children together with books productively and pleasurably. (Fall)

EDUC 382 - Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

A course designed to acquaint the student with the strategies to help ALL children become better readers through systematic, multimethod, multilevel instruction. The focus will be on essential components of a balanced literacy program (Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, and Working With Words), steps for implementation and management, and a variety of classroom activities. Includes field experience. (Fall)

EDUC 386 - Mathematics in the Elementary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

A course designed to acquaint the student with concepts, methods, and available materials for effective mathematics instruction in the elementary school. Creative development of materials and lesson plans are emphasized. (This course does not apply to mathematics requirements.) Includes field experience. (Fall)

EDUC 413 - Science in the Elementary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

A course designed to prepare students with practical classroom-tested activities and ideas that are presented on planning, organizing, managing, and assessing an effective guided discovery science program. Students will have opportunities to develop teaching lessons and instruct local area elementary students in a laboratory setting. (This course does not apply to science requirements.) (Spring)

EDUC 416 - Legal and Philosophical Foundations of Education

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program.

A study of the legal aspects of education, with emphasis on the responsibilities, duties, and existing constitutional statutory rights of agencies and individuals, including the handicapped, and those from minority groups. This course also surveys the philosophic enterprise, from the Christian viewpoint, as it relates to the understanding and evaluation of contemporary movements in educational thinking. (Fall)

EDUC 419 - Social Studies in the Elementary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

An overview of the multicultural elementary school social studies program which incorporates proven teaching strategies such as models of teaching, cooperative learning, learning styles, and dimensions of learning. Students will have opportunity to develop thematic lesson plans in an active-learning environment. (This course does not apply to social studies requirements.) Includes field experience. (Spring)

EDUC 424 - Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program and EDUC 382

A course designed to acquaint the student with the principles that underlie the writing workshop and the major components that make it work. (Spring)

EDUC 434 - Classroom Assessment

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program and senior class status.

This class prepares prospective teachers to have a better understanding of classroom learning and assessment. Attention will be given to test construction and evaluation of test results.  This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Spring)

EDUC 436 - Classroom Management

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program and senior class status.

The purpose of this course is to help teachers develop systematic strategies and techniques for organizing and managing classroom activities and students. Research and practitioner-based models for classroom management will be reviewed and explored. Emphasis will be based upon real-world solutions that prepare teachers to be effective managers of their classrooms so that student learning is maximized. (Spring)

EDUC 440 - Integrating Learning Styles into the Brain-Based Classroom

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program

This class will report on the latest research regarding teaching with the brain in mind and explore constructivist methods of teaching.  The course presents brain-compatible strategies to help students reflect, apply, and transfer skills to real-life learning situations in a diverse classroom environment.  A preliminary understanding of learning styles requires some knowledge of brain functioning.  Students will be introduced to learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as web-based resources in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. (Fall)

 

EDUC 450 - Teaching in the Secondary School

3 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching

A study of the teacher's role, teaching techniques, classroom management and evaluation of learning experiences in the secondary school as these affect all students, including the those with special needs and minorities. Includes field experience. (Fall)

EDUC 465 - Directed Teaching in Kindergarten

3 hours

Prerequisite: Two-thirds of the professional education classes, academic specialization(s) and academic foundations, senior standing, and admission to student teaching

This course is open only to students seeking Kindergarten Endorsement. Requires full-day observations and student teaching in an approved kindergarten for seven weeks under the direction of supervising teachers. Pass/no pass course. (Fall, Spring)

EDUC 475 - Directed Teaching in Elementary School

3-6 hours*

 Prerequisite: Two-thirds of the professional education classes, academic specialization(s) and academic foundations, senior standing, and admission to student teaching

This course is open only to students seeking certification in Elementary Education. It requires full-day observations and student teaching in an approved elementary school for fourteen weeks under the direction of supervising teachers.  Pass/no pass course.

*Depends on certification emphasis. (Fall, Spring)

EDUC 485 - Directed Teaching in Secondary School

6 hours

 Prerequisite: Two-thirds of the professional education classes, academic specialization(s) and academic foundations, senior standing, and admission to student teaching

This course is open only to students seeking certification in Secondary Education. It requires full-day observations and student teaching in an approved secondary school for fourteen weeks under the direction of supervising teachers. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. Pass/no pass course. (Fall, Spring)

EDUC 491 - Selected Topics

1-2 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program, and approval of department chair

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory, or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. (Fall, Spring)

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