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Middle-Secondary Education Course Descriptions

Education requirements

9 credits:

HIS 101   World Civilizations I
3 credits
A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16th century. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

POS 205   American Government
3 credits
An introductory course that studies the nature and purpose of national, state, and local government, the Constitution, and the institutions and pressures of American society.

PSY 105   Human Development
3 credits
A survey of the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social–emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

3 credits from the following:

HIS 102   World Civilizations II
3 credits
A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

HIS 111   History of the United States to 1877
3 credits
A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from the precontact period to 1877 will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the evolution of race and gender relations, independence, the emergence of popular democracy, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the impact of industrialism and urbanization upon American life.

HIS 112   History of the United States from 1877
3 credits
A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from 1877 to the present will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the continuing development of race and gender relations, the impact of industrialism, the world wars and the Cold War upon American life.

Middle-secondary education courses

23 credits:

EDU 010   Field Experience One
½ credit
(Admission to Field Experience)
Corequisite: EDU 200, EDU 202
An initial field-based experience focused primarily on observation. Seminars provide the student opportunities to: 1) reflect on observations and classroom experiences, 2) to be introduced to lesson planning, issues in classroom management, and conflict resolution, 3) to be introduced to the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of these standards for professional goal setting, 4) develop a portfolio for the admission to the School of Education.

EDU 020   Field Experience Two
½ credit
Prerequisite: EDU 010
A supervised field-based experience in which studentsbegin to apply theory and teaching strategies learnedin education courses to initial teaching experiences.Seminars provide supplemental opportunities for thestudent to link theory to practice, to continue thedevelopment and understanding of the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting and continue the development of lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflictresolution.

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 InTASK 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 which 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, to continue the development and understanding of the InTASK 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
The course is provides an orientation to teaching as a profession and an overview of the entrance requirements, conceptual framework, knowledge base, standards and competencies of the Marian University Teacher Education Program . Students will cover the requirements for teacher licensure, professional issues, and an overview of the mission statement, conceptual framework, and requirements of the teacher education program. Students will 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 will also lay the groundwork for students to develop their electronic portfolio requirement.

EDU 200   Technology in Education
3 credits
Corequisite: EDU 010, EDU 202
(For education majors only)
The course that examines the role technology in the classroom. This course is designed to emphasize the use of Web 2.0, Social Media, other technologies, and learning theories and educational research in the school setting. Students will be introduced to applications that may be used in the PK-12 educational settings. Students will also look at various ways to integrate the WI State Teacher Standards, Common Core Standards, and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) into the curriculum.

EDU 202   Psychology of Learning
3 credits
Corequisite: EDU 010, EDU 200
This course will focus on the educational implications of psychological principles and theories of child and adolescent development derived from research. The application of theories and principles will emphasize components of the teaching–learning situation.

EDU 210   Classroom Management
2 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 010
This course focuses on effective classroom management in grades pre-K-12, with a holistic approach utilized to enhance research, develop hands-on activities, and to develop ideas about what effective classroom management is. The course stresses practical approaches and principles which may be applied in the classroom setting. Students will study different classroom management theories and techniques and will develop ways to build upon and refine their own personal model of effective classroom management using the tools and information provided by the course.

EDU 213   Introduction to Exceptional Education
3 credits
This course addresses the characteristics of exceptional children and introduces successful inclusive teaching practices. This course will cover 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
A critical examination of factors that impact student learning, i.e.: sexual orientation, gender, religion, socioeconomics, language, and age. The Native American culture is studied. Particular attention is given to critical race theory, educational equity and critical social justice theory as foundational to intercultural studies for educators. Students are expected to develop relationships with people from various cultural backgrounds, and they are expected to 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
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.

SEC 305   Adolescent Literacy
3 credits
This course is designed for teachers of adolescent students. Emphasis will be placed on teaching reading and writing in the content areas while meeting the needs of the students. Strategies for teaching comprehension in the various curricular areas will be studied to enable learners to become independent and competent readers. Students will survey literature judged to be appropriate for adolescents at various stages of their development. The course will explore options of utilizing technology in grades 6-12 in the areas of literacy. The course will explore effective ways of motivating all students to integrate literacy throughout the curriculum and methods of maintaining the integral connection between reading and writing.

12 credits:

SEC 450   Clinical Practice and Seminar – Secondary – Grades 9-12
1-12 credits
A supervised teaching experience at the secondary level that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

SEC 455   Clinical Practice and Seminar – Middle Level – Grades 5-8
1-6 credits
(Middle–secondary education majors only)
A supervised teaching experience at the middle level that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

3 credits from the following:

FLE 470   Foreign Language Curriculum and Methods (PK-12)
3 credits
This course provides students with opportunities to develop and practice skills related to linking theories about second language acquisition and teaching to classroom practice. The theoretical foundations of foreign language skill development, planning, assessment strategies, and an analysis of teaching of culture are the basis for classroom activities. Current developments of school foreign-language program models, the use of technology to support language teaching and career exploration, are also highlighted.

SEC 410   English/Language Arts Curriculum and Methods
3 credits
A course designed to help the student to acquire the understanding and skills necessary to become an effective teacher of English at the middle and secondary level. The course stresses practical approaches and principles that may be applied during the student teaching experience. Topics include planning, teaching methods, classroom management, evaluation, grading, and curricular trends.

SEC 420   Social Studies Curriculum and Methods
3 credits
Designed to assist aspirant social studies teachers in establishing curricular objectives, planning for instruction, evaluating learning in the social studies area, incorporating a variety of strategies and approaches in social studies education, and promoting a sense of professionalism in the content area. Aspirant social studies teachers interact with area practitioners, make site visits, and engage in other appropriate activities.

SEC 430   Science Curriculum and Methods
3 credits
A course in writing objectives, building curriculum models, selecting evaluation procedures, studying existing educational systems, comparing various instructional materials and programs, and observing the developmental levels of learning. Emphasis is placed on the application of inquiry in the exercise of scientific method, enabling the student to relate the processes of goal setting, planning, evaluation, and decision making to each investigation.

SEC 440   Mathematics Curriculum and Methods
3 credits
A study of the goals and objectives of mathematics education in the middle and secondary school; the current trends in curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation; and the methods and materials used in teaching mathematics.

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