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Early Childhood Education Course Descriptions

General Education Program: 46-49 University Requirements including: 

ART 103   Art Foundation for Educators

3 credits

BIO 100    Life Systems

3 credits

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology is provided. (May be taken as "lecture only" or concurrently with BIO 150).

OR

BIO 104   Environmental Science and Lab

4 credits

A study of the organization of ecosystems and human use of natural resources, including problems and opportunities generated by human interaction with the environment. Basic ecological principles are applied to current environmental issues and topics. Environmental case studies and current environmental literature are employed. Laboratory activities include field trips, simulations, and other activities designed to enhance lecture topics. 

OR

BIO 114   Environmental Stewardship

4 credits

This is a service-learning intensive course where students learn about environmental stewardship through participation in the maintenance and restoration of local ecosystems (i.e. stream monitoring, removal of invasive species). Through hands-on projects and selections of readings, the student develops an understanding of and appreciation for environmental stewardship. In this hybrid course, students receive the majority of the content online and meet weekly to participate in field trips and stewardship projects. Due to the service-learning and environmental aspects of the course, students must be able and willing to perform light labor (on the level of gardening) and a moderate amount of hiking. Students are required to provide their own transportation to nearby locations.

BIO 150   Life Systems Laboratory

1 credit

Topics correspond to BIO 100 lecture material, including taxonomy, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology. Dissection of a fetal pig is required. Laboratory experiences strongly enhance and support material in BIO 100 and concurrent registration is recommended.

CHE 101   Principles of Chemistry I

4 credits

 

An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry, including modern concepts of atomic and molecular theory, physical states of matter, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, gas laws, equilibria, and reactions of inorganic compounds.

OR

CHE 103   General, Organic, and Biochemistry

5 credits

Prerequisites:   High school chemistry or CHE 001; MAT 001 or appropriate math placement test score

 

An introductory course for non-science majors. This lecture and laboratory course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life, with special focus on biological and medical applications.

OR

PHS 102    Introduction to Physical Science and Lab

4 credits

A general introduction to the basic principles of chemistry and physics and their application in contemporary society. The course includes a laboratory experience with experiments designed to assist the student in understanding the concepts discussed in lecture.

 OR

PHS 108   Earth Science and Lab

4 credits

An introduction to the physical nature and processes of the earth, along with the chemical bases for them. Dynamic processes of landscape formation and change as shaped by the forces of plate tectonics, weather, and ground and surface water are studied. Planetary geology is introduced. The laboratories complement lectures with both indoor study and field trips to study local examples.

 OR

PHS 110   Introduction to Meteorology and Lab

4 credits

 

This course studies the atmosphere and its physical processes, including large-scale climatological and local weather phenomena and their impact on society and other aspects of ecological systems. Measurement of such physical characteristics as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and wind, along with data collection and analysis, are included in laboratory exercises. Mathematical problem-solving skills are emphasized. Professional meteorology and climatology are examined. Unusual and dangerous weather conditions and their causes and effects are studied, and students are introduced to microclimatology.

OR

PHS 203   University Physics I

5 credits

Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 201

This lecture and laboratory course stresses the fundamental principles of mechanics, momentum, work and energy, rotational motion, and fluid statics and mechanics. The course uses calculus in derivation of the laws of physics and in problem solving.

OR

PHS 211   Elementary Physics

5 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 or MAT 114 with a grade of C or higher

This lecture and laboratory course addressing topics including the fundamentals of kinematics, dynamics, statics, oscillation, electromagnetism, and optics.

COM 101   Fundamentals of Communication

3 credits

 

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations. 

OR

COM 232   Public Speaking

3 credits

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students' ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

MUS 101   Music Fundamentals

3 credits

 

An introduction to basics of music theory, including notation, rhythmic reading, sight singing, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, transposition, and terminology. Functional skills of playing melodies and simple accompaniments on piano and other classroom instruments are taught.

OR

MUS 200   Music Appreciation

3 credits

 

A survey of the major forms and compositions of Western art music, with units in world music and jazz. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening skills, as well as historical, biographical, and sociological study to enhance appreciation of the music. (Required field trip, with an additional fee.) 

OR

MUS 202   American Music

3 credits

A survey of the development of music in America, including concert styles, popular, and show music. (Required field trip, with an additional fee.)

OR

MUS 203   Jazz Survey

3 credits

A chronological study of jazz and its antecedents from 1900 to the present. Topics include style periods, major artists, relevant historical/sociological background, and the development of listening skills. (Required field trip, with an additional fee.)  

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MUS 205   World Musics

2-3 credits

 

A study of various world music including Oriental, African, Eastern European, American jazz. Topics include the structure and the sociological setting of the music, with an emphasis on the development of listening skills. (Required field trip, with an additional fee.)

HIS 101   World Civilizations I

3 credits

 

A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16 th century. This course explores the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

EDU 202   Psychology of Learning

3 credits

Corequisites: EDU 010; 200

 

This course focuses on the educational implications of psychological principles and theories of child and adolescent development derived from research. The application of theories and principles emphasizes components of the teaching-learning situation.

Elementary Education Requirements:

ECE 101   Child Development

4 credits

An interrelated study of the physical, affective, social, cognitive, and moral growth of children from prenatal through middle childhood. Content is presented chronologically to develop understanding from various research sources and the major theorists.

ECE 102   Early Childhood Programs and Practices

2 credits

This course examines components of high quality inclusive early childhood programs and environments that enhance learning. Classroom management and guidance strategies that support children's safe and healthy development are explored. Theories of play as the main vehicle by which young children assimilate their experiences with the world are emphasized.

ECE 201   Foundations of Early Childhood Education

3 credits

Prerequisite: ECE 101

This course is an introduction to early childhood education. Historical, psychological, social, and philosophical foundations are examined and provide a base for evaluation of contemporary programs.

ECE 301   Teaching Young Children with Special Needs

3 credits

Prerequisite: EDU 213

This course gives early childhood educators the expertise needed to teach young children with special educational needs who are included in regular early childhood settings. It focuses on identifying the needs of those children and adapting early childhood curriculum and methodology in response to an extended range of individual differences.

ECE 302   Methods of Teaching the Young Child

4 credits

Prerequisites: ECE 101; 201

This course examines the curriculum content of early childhood education programs and identifies developmentally appropriate teaching methodology. Focus is on designing and implementing a comprehensive education program: child assessment, curriculum design, learning activities and materials, classroom organization, instructional techniques, behavior management, and program evaluation. Students develop skills by creating a thematic unit and teaching lessons in Marian's Early Childhood Center.

ECE 312   Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs

3 credits

Prerequisites: ECE 101; 102; 201

An exploration of aspects of establishing and administering early childhood programs: needs assessment, program development, state and local regulation, financing, organizational structure, personnel management, environmental design, evaluation methods, and current issues.

ECE 401   Clinical Practice and Seminar- Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten  

3-6 credits

 

A supervised classroom teaching experience that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research related to licensure grade level. Students are placed in either a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten setting. The seminar is designed to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

EDU 010   Field Experience One

½ credit

Corequisites: EDU 200; 202

(Admission to Field Experience required)

 

An initial field-based experience focused primarily on observation. Seminars provide the student opportunities to: reflect on observations and classroom experiences; be introduced to lesson planning, issues in classroom management, and conflict resolution; be introduced to the Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the use of these standards for professional goal setting; develop a portfolio for admission to the School of Education.

EDU 020   Field Experience Two

½ credit

Prerequisite: EDU 010

A supervised field-based experience in which students   begin to apply theory and teaching strategies learned   in education courses to initial teaching experiences.   Seminars provide supplemental opportunities for   students to link theory to practice, continue the   development and understanding of the Wisconsin   Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting, and continue the development of lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflict   resolution.

EDU 030   Field Experience Three

½ credit

Prerequisite: EDU 020

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 213

A supervised field-based experience in which content and pedagogies from advanced methods courses is applied to teaching experiences. Seminars provide students an opportunity to continue the development and understanding of the Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting, lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflict resolution.

EDU 040   Field Experience Four

½ credit

Prerequisite: EDU 030

A supervised field-based experience that places greater emphasis on the integration of content and pedagogies. Seminars provide the student an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on the multiple facets of the teaching-learning situation, and continue the development and understanding of the Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting, lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflict resolution.

EDU 100   Introduction to Education

1 credit

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 010

This course provides an orientation to teaching as a profession and an overview of the entrance requirements, conceptual framework, knowledge base, standards, and competencies of Marian's Teacher Education Program. Students cover the requirements for teacher licensure, professional issues, and overview the mission statement, conceptual framework, and requirements of the teacher education program. Students explore the foundation of education in the United States, philosophies associated with teaching, emerging models of teaching, and issues and trends affecting education in a diversified, technological, and global world. The course lays the groundwork for students to develop their electronic portfolios.

EDU 200   Technology in Education

3 credits

Corequisites: EDU 010; 202

(Education majors only)

This course examines the role technology in the classroom, emphasizing the use of Web 2.0, social media, other technologies, learning theories, and educational research in the school setting. Students are introduced to applications that may be used in PK-12 educational settings. Students look at various ways to integrate the WI State Teacher Standards, Common Core Standards, and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) into the curriculum.

EDU 210   Classroom Management

2 credits

Prerequisite: EDU 010

 

This course focuses on effective classroom management in grades PK-12, with a holistic approach utilized to enhance research, develop hands-on activities, and develop ideas about what effective classroom management is. The course stresses practical approaches and principles that may be applied in the classroom setting. Students study different classroom management theories and techniques and develop ways to build upon and refine their own personal model of effective classroom management.

EDU 213   Introduction to Exceptional Education

3 credits

This   course   addresses the characteristics of exceptional children and introduces successful inclusive teaching practices. This course covers topics such as disability conditions, gifted and talented, legislation, collaboration, planning, assessment, response to intervention, and diversity.

EDU 301   Intercultural Studies for Educators

3 credits

Prerequisite: EDU 202

This course critically examines factors that impact student learning (i.e. sexual orientation, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, language, and age). Particular attention is given to critical race theory, educational equity, and critical social justice theory. Students are expected to develop relationships with people from various cultural backgrounds, and evaluate and assess forces of discrimination in schools today. This course fulfills the requirements put forth under PI 34.15(c).

EDU 412   Educational Measurement and Assessment

3 credits

Prerequisite: EDU 211

 

This course serves as a critical appraisal of formal and informal teacher-directed evaluation ranging from standardized tests to authentic assessment. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation process and interpretation of test results.

EME 206   Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Methods

2 credits

A course designed to help the student gain an understanding of health and physical education curriculum and instruction at the elementary school level. It provides an overview of planning, organization, management, and assessment of developmentally appropriate content and methodology. Laboratory experiences provide the student with practice in instructional methods and techniques.

EME 303   Primary Reading: Teaching and Assessment

3 credits

This course is intended to provide an overview of early reading and writing, instructional strategies in word recognition, including phonemic awareness and phonics, vocabulary development, and comprehension. It encompasses both the theoretical and practical aspects of learning how to teach and assess reading in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and primary grade classrooms.

EME 304   Intermediate Reading: Teaching and Assessment

3 credits

Prerequisite: EME 303

This course is designed for teachers of intermediate or early adolescent students. Emphasis is placed on a developmental approach to teaching reading that uses a balanced approach to meeting the needs of the students. Strategies for teaching fluency, vocabulary and word study, and comprehension are studied to enable learners to become independent and competent readers. The reading/writing connection is expanded upon. Assessment and evaluation are taught as a means to inform instruction. 

EME 306   Music Curriculum and Methods

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or 200 or 202 or 203 or 205with a grade of C or higher

This course prepares early childhood and elementary-middle education majors to teach music in the classroom through study of the musical needs of the child: singing, moving, playing classroom instruments, listening, and creating.

EME 311   Art Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Schools

2 credits

Prerequisite: ART 103with a grade of C or higher

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply experiences gained in ART 103 and learning theories of art education to the aesthetic dimension of education. Students gain insight into the importance of art education, into past and present art education perspectives and into the implementation of quality art lessons. These insights, along with in-class practice, develop competence in art instruction at early childhood, elementary, and middle-school levels.

EME 312   Teaching Language Arts

4 credits

Students study the development of written and oral language for children from birth through early adolescence. Students explore the socio-cultural, practical, and political aspects of language arts instruction including the reciprocal nature of reading and writing. Topics include oral and written language development, methods of teaching and assessing writing, grammar instruction, and the role of children's literature within language arts instruction.

EME 316   Mathematics Curriculum and Methods

3 credits

Prerequisite: MAT 150; 151 with a grade of C or higher

This course provides students with experiences using methodologies recommended for the effective teaching of mathematics. Students evaluate mathematics curricula and supplementary materials using specific assessment tools. Students review mathematics theory and content necessary for teaching early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels.

EME 322   Social Studies Curriculum and Methods

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101; HIS 102 or 111 or 112; and POS 205with a grade of C or better

A course that explores the disciplines that comprise the social studies core and also stresses the importance of addressing environmental issues. Students study a variety of methodologies and materials and have opportunities to teach social studies lessons, and discuss value clarification processes, questioning techniques, and current issues and social studies education.

EME 332   Science Curriculum and Methods

3 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 104 or BIO 100 and BIO 150; PHS 102 or 108 or 110 or 201 or CHE 101with a grade of C or higher

This course gives students opportunities to peer-teach science lessons using inquiry and process-oriented methodologies. They evaluate science curricula and materials using specific criteria, and review physical, biological, and earth science content necessary for teaching for the early childhood, elementary, and middle school grades.

EME 420   Clinical Practice and Seminar- Elementary - Grades 1-6

6 credits

(Early childhood majors only)

 

A supervised teaching experience at the elementary level that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. In the seminar, students reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

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