Education

Barbara Bohach (department head)

Teacher Education Programs—K–6 Elementary, 5–12 Secondary, K–12 Art, K–12 Music, K–12 Health and PE

All completers of the Luther Teacher Education Program are eligible for a license to teach in Iowa. See the Luther College Education website for information regarding licensure in other states. For complete information regarding the education programs and licensure requirements at Luther, consult the Education Department website. Changes in Iowa state requirements appear periodically, so printed material may be out of date; the Education Department endeavors to keep the departmental website updated. Be sure to consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook. All students pursuing licensure in education must be aware that their course selections will have an impact on the length of their programs and their certification. For this reason, it is important that these students maintain regular contact with their education advisors and with the Education Department staff. It is imperative that secondary and K–12 students with advisors in other departments also seek regular consultation with the Education Department staff and faculty.

Important information for all students interested in the teacher education program:

  • Students must be approved for the Teacher Education Program before they are permitted to register for 300–400 level courses in the education department. Transfer students should see Education Department Chair.
  • Completed Teacher Education Program applications are due October 1 or March 1 for admission.
  • The Education Department and all teaching area departments review teacher education candidates.
  • Students may not transfer methods courses at the 300 level or above from another institution.

To be licensed to teach, a student must successfully complete the education program at Luther College. There are three levels of approval within the Teacher Education Program: admission to teacher education, approval for the professional semester, and approval for licensure.

A. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (required before taking any courses at or above the 300-level)

  1. 2.75 minimum overall GPA.
  2. Pass the following courses:
    • EDUC 185 or 215
    • EDUC 220
    • EDUC 221
    • EDUC 222, 232, 252, ART 228, HLTH 201, or PE 247
  3. Three recommendations from faculty (at least one from students' major field of study) and staff.
  4. Passing scores on one of two approved Basic Skills Exams:
    1. Praxis Core exam: reading (156), writing (162), mathematics (150). Praxis Core exams are given on Luther College's campus at the testing center. To register and view test availability, see ETS.org.
    2. Minnesota NES® Essential Academic Skills test.: reading (240), writing (240) and mathematics (240). See the Minnesota Department of Education website for additional information (Minnesota-bound students only).
  5. Approval of the candidate by all teaching-area departments and the Education Department.
  6. Satisfactory completion of the introductory portfolio.
  7. Students desiring to teach music must have passed piano proficiency or be enrolled in MUS 117.

B. Approval for the professional semester (student teaching)

All education majors and minors are required to have a practicum that includes students from diverse backgrounds. All K–12 education minors are required to student teach both at the elementary and secondary grade levels. Elementary majors are required to student teach at the [K–2] and [3–6] grade levels. All secondary minors are required to student teach at the [5–8] and [9–12] levels.

  1. Approval by all teaching-area departments, and the Education Department.
  2. A 2.75 minimum overall GPA and 2.75 minimum GPA in all teaching areas including Education Department coursework. (Exceptions include modern languages at 3.00 and mathematics/biology/chemistry at 2.50). Math teaching majors must earn a grade of C or above in MATH 220, 240 and 365. We incorporate all transfer course grades when calculating the GPA.
  3. Removal of all incompletes and completion of the foundation courses, EDUC 185/EDUC 215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools) EDUC 220, 221 and according to the major area: EDUC 222, 232, 252, ART 222, HLTH 201, and/or PE 247.
    • Elementary Education majors completion of their mathematics and life and physical lab science courses plus EDUC 223, 226, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326, 328, and EDUC 329, and all endorsement classes before the student teaching semester. All content area courses need to be passed with a "C" or above.
    • Secondary Education minors completion of methods coursework in their field of study plus 90 percent of their major requirements before the student teaching semester.
    • K–12 Art, Music, Health and PE majors completion of methods coursework in their field of study plus 90 percent of their major requirements before the student teaching semester.
  4. Attend a professional semester application meeting that is appropriate for your professional semester:
    • Fall student teachers' meeting: The year BEFORE you wish to student teach, regardless of whether you will student teach in the fall or spring.
    • An additional meeting: One semester BEFORE you wish to student teach.
  5. Satisfactory completion of a developing portfolio.

C. Approval for licensure after completion of the teacher education program, professional semester, and graduation from Luther College.

Luther College prepares students to be eligible for licensure in the state of Iowa. Luther students are also eligible to receive a preliminary license in most states. All students must complete the Luther College program and meet the Iowa requirements, irrespective of the state in which the student plans to eventually teach, in order to be approved for licensure. Check with the Education Department for your particular program. Each state regulates certification rules for teacher licensing. It is the student's responsibility to monitor the requirements for licensure outside of Iowa and discuss them with his or her advisor as necessary. These rules change often; therefore, for licensure outside Iowa, the best source for information is the state department of education website for your preferred state. See the link on our licensure page. Luther College program completion requirements are:

  1. Completion of Bachelor of Arts degree, that includes the acquisition of a core of liberal arts knowledge, including English composition, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  2. Achievement of a 2.75 minimum final overall GPA and 2.75 minimum final GPA in all teaching areas—including Education Department coursework (Exceptions include modern languages at 3.00 and mathematics/biology/chemistry at 2.50).
  3. Completion of all program requirements in elementary, secondary, or K–12 programs, including successful completion of all required practica.
  4. All students must take the required Praxis II tests in both content and pedagogy. See the testing page on the education website for the specific tests required for Luther TEP completers and for further information. These tests may be taken the semester immediately before student teaching, during student teaching, or as soon as possible following student teaching. These tests must be completed and passed before being considered a completer of the TEP.
  5. Required by all states: criminal background check, fingerprinting.
  6. Successful completion of the advanced portfolio (note: elementary majors must present the professional portfolio as the senior project).
  7. Approval of your student teaching practicum by your student teaching supervisor and, when necessary, the Education Department. When there are concerns, the department chair works with the student's advisor and methods professors to make the final decision.

Elementary Education (K–6)

Required for a major: EDUC 185/EDUC 215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 222, 223, 226, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326, 328, 329, 376, 486, 490 or 493, PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools); ART 228, MUS 227, PE 229; HIST 101 and 126; MATH 123; two lab science courses (one biological science and one physical science). Writing requirement in the major is completed with EDUC 326. Elementary majors must receive a "C" or better in each required content knowledge course.

The elementary major requires an academic endorsement or a special endorsement. If more than one endorsement is selected, please speak with your advisor regarding the length of student teaching required. A ninth semester may be necessary for completion of the program.

At least 76 semester hours (19 course equivalents) must be completed outside of the education (EDUC) discipline.

EDUC 325-EDUC 329 should be taken within one year of student teaching.

Secondary Education Minor (in conjunction with an academic major, grades 5–12)

Requirements for certification in English, foreign language, health, mathematics, science, and social sciences: EDUC 185/EDUC 215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 252, 352 or 353 (language majors only), EDUC 366, 367, 377, 486; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools). Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take the EDUC 382 practicum while student teaching since a practicum in content area reading is required in several states. Students seeking the "Modern Language" endorsement must achieve "low advanced" in the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Students seeking certification in mathematics must earn a C or better in MATH 220, 240, and 365.

Second Teaching Area: In the state of Iowa, students majoring in one subject may take fewer semester hours in another subject and be granted an endorsement to teach that subject. This is not transferable to other states. It only applies to students wishing to teach in the state of Iowa. Please check the Education Department website for specific requirements for second teaching areas.

K–12 Teaching Minors: Art, Physical Education, Health

Required for licensure (in addition to the major in art, physical education, or health): EDUC 185/EDUC 215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 366, 377, professional semester (EDUC 486); PAID 111D; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools). Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take the EDUC 382 practicum while student teaching since a practicum in content area reading is required in several states.

Each major has specific methods requirements: for art: ART 222, EDUC 354 and EDUC 355; for physical education: PE 343, 344, 345, and 346; and for health: EDUC 252, HLTH 343 and 344.

K–12 Teaching Minor: Music

Required coursework: Completion of Luther College general requirements and the music major plus EDUC 185/EDUC 215, EDUC 220, 221, 232, 361, 371, 379, 470; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools). Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take the EDUC 382 practicum while student teaching since a practicum in content area is required in several states.

Students who wish to pursue vocal music education must additionally complete EDUC 386, and 387; MUS 351, and choose one from the following: EDUC 384, 385, 388, 390, or 391.

Students who wish to pursue instrumental music education with an orchestral focus must additionally complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 388 and 391; EDUC 383 or 387; MUS 353.

Students who wish to pursue instrumental music education with a band focus must additionally complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 384, 385, 390; EDUC 383 or 387; MUS 353.

Students who wish to pursue both orchestral and vocal music education must additionally complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 383, 386, 387, 388, and 391; MUS 351 and 353. Choosing both areas requires student teaching in a 9th semester.

Students who wish to pursue both band and vocal music education must additionally complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, and 390; MUS 351 and 353. Choosing both areas requires student teaching in a 9th semester.

a. Additional criteria for applying for admission to the teacher education program (teaching minor: K–12 Music): (Admission to the teacher education program is a prerequisite to enrolling in education courses above 300). See also general requirements for admission to the teacher education program.

  1. Satisfactory completion of EDUC 232, MUS 121, 121L, and one instrumental methods course (instrumentalists only).
  2. Successful completion of piano proficiency or enrollment in MUS 117 during the semester of TEP application.

b. Criteria for admission to the professional semester (student teaching): See also general requirements for admission to the professional semester.

  1. Successful completion of piano proficiency. All music education majors must pass the piano proficiency exam in order to obtain final teacher education approval. Students must pass the piano proficiency exam by the end of the semester in which they apply for student teaching.
  2. Requirements listed above must be completed by the professional semester. Check the Education Department website for specific dates. If any requirement is incomplete by the professional semester application due date, the student must delay student teaching until the following approval cycle (one semester).

Education Courses

EDUC 185 Clinical Experience I in the Schools

  • 4 hours

Seminars for first-year students offered each January term.

EDUC 215 Clinical Experience I in the Schools

  • 4 hours

The clinical experience requires that students work as active and involved observer-aides under teachers in public/private area schools. Concentrated instruction in preparation for these duties plus seminars accompany the experience. Seminars include the following topics: ethics, professionalism, an introduction to program competencies; and dispositions, including reflective practice. Students taking this course in January must complete application materials in the education department by October 1 to secure a placement for January term. Requires sophomore standing. First-year students are to enroll in EDUC 185 (first-year seminar) offered during January term.

EDUC 220 Educational Psychology

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Behavior—Social Science Methods
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, PAID 112D

This course is an introduction to the field of education and to educational psychology. One of the central concerns of every society, education involves the study of human growth and development, especially in the context of schooling. Students will encounter research into how humans learn, how learning environments are structured, and how underlying social assumptions intersect with learning theories. The course will explore such topics as socialization, teacher/student interaction, social and cognitive learning theories, testing and assessment, and ethics and the school.

EDUC 221 The Diverse and Exceptional Learner

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Behavior
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, PAID 112D

This course introduces students to learner differences as they are related to culture, ethnicity, language, disability, gender, and socioeconomic status. Students will explore how these factors influence individual educational performance, experience and development in the institution of the school. With a major emphasis on human intergroup relations in a pluralistic society, the course will also introduce students to significant legislation, models of service delivery, and instructional modifications.

EDUC 222 Instructional Strategies With Computer Applications: Elementary

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, sophomore standing

This course examines the use of behavioral objectives, lesson planning, testing, evaluation, classroom management, instructional techniques, learning theory applications, and instructional media in elementary education. Course objectives are achieved through writing instruction and practice using conventional writing tools and computer applications. Requires sophomore standing.

EDUC 223 Children's Literature

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, PAID 112D (or equivalent) and sophomorestanding

This course introduces the study of children's literature including promoting child development through literature and analyses of books in each genre. Requires sophomore standing.

EDUC 226 Introduction to Reading

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, EDUC 220, and sophomore standing

Based on a synthesis of research identifying characteristics of highly effective reading teachers, this course focuses on seven pillars of effective reading instruction: teacher knowledge, classroom assessment, evidence-based teaching practices, response to intervention (RTI), motivation and engagement, technology and new literacies, and family & community connections. Special attention is paid to oral language acquisition, phonemic awareness, phonics and word identification, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and reading assessment.

EDUC 232 Music Education Curriculum and Strategies

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 111, 121, or 131

Students will learn the origins of music curriculum, and fundamentals of instructional planning. Student will converse with school music educators, and examine their own experiences as music learners to begin framing their teacher identity. Students will begin their teaching portfolio.

EDUC 240 Home, School, and Community

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215 or sophomore standing

This pre-K to 12 course examines the dynamic relationship between families, school, and the community. Evaluation, legal aspects, and services to preschool students with disabilities including the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be explored. The course offers continued focus on collaborative team efforts and the importance of establishing strong links between home, school, and other service providers so the learning experiences of students from preschool through transition to the adult life are maximized.

EDUC 242 Introduction to Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Issues

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215 or sophomore standing

This K-12 introductory course includes a historical perspective to the field of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. This course covers characteristics and etiology, definitions and identification procedures, treatment and intervention, instructional and behavioral methodologies, impact of the disability throughout the lifespan, and current issues in the field.

EDUC 245 Career/Vocational Assessment and Vocational Planning

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215 or sophomore standing

This K-12 course covers the assessment of career/vocational skills and interests, aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) which specifically address transition, transition meetings, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), community-based instruction, and the school/community services and service providers who would be involved in student transition.

EDUC 246 Classroom Management and Collaboration

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215 or sophomore standing

This K-12 course is designed to help pre-service teachers create supportive and responsive classrooms. The topics covered include individual behavior plans, applied behavioral strategies, creating collaborative relationships, and implementing positive behavior supports.

EDUC 252 Introduction to Middle and High School 5-12 Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215

An introduction to the general methods of secondary teaching. Such topics as objectives, planning, testing, evaluation, classroom management, instructional techniques, educational technology, media, and the inclusion of special education students in the regular classroom will be considered. Should be taken as close to EDUC 352 as possible. Required for certification in K-12 health and 5-12 secondary education areas. Not required of K-12 art, K-12 physical education, and K-12 music majors.

EDUC 255 Percussion Methods

  • 2 hours

Methods and materials of teaching percussion instruments to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency with percussion instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.

EDUC 260 Brass Methods

  • 2 hours

Methods and materials of teaching brass instruments to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency on brass instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.

EDUC 265 Double Reeds Methods

  • 2 hours

Methods and materials of teaching double reed instruments to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency on double reed instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.

EDUC 270 String Methods

  • 2 hours

Methods and materials of teaching bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass) to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency on string instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small-group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.

EDUC 275 Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone Methods

  • 2 hours

Methods and materials of teaching these instruments to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency on these instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.

EDUC 321 Clinical Experience II:Literacy in Elementary/Middle School

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: Admittance to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 326

As a part of the elementary/middle school education sequence the student observes and teaches small and large groups of students in a classroom in the area of literacy. During the clinical experience the student develops and teaches a unit that documents the planning, teaching, assessment and reflection of literacy protocols. This course is co-requisite with EDUC 322 and is based in a public or private school for three weeks.

EDUC 322 Clinical Experience II: Mathematics in Elementary/Middle School

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: Admittance to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 325

As a part of the elementary education methods sequence the student observes and teaches small and large groups of students in an elementary/middle school classroom. During the clinical experience, the student develops and teaches a unit that documents planning, teaching, assessment and reflection protocols in the area of mathematics. This course is co-requisite with EDUC 321 and is based in a public or private for three weeks.

EDUC 323 Teaching Methods for English Language Learners

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

Basic introduction to historical and contemporary theories and methods of English as a second language instruction with an emphasis on methodologies for teaching reading, writing, listening and pronunciation skills within the context of content areas grounded in academic and social/cultural language goals.

EDUC 324 Assessment for English Language Learners

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

This K-12 course is an introduction to assessment for English language learners including formal and informal tools, interpretation of assessment data, use of data to inform instruction, and the fundamental technical aspects of assessment.

EDUC 325 Elementary Mathematics Methods

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

This course is an introduction to the pedology and curriculum of a NCTM standards-based mathematics program in the elementary/middle school. Using the content strands of statistics/probability, data analysis and number operations, the course includes planning, teaching, assessment, diagnosis and evaluation of student learning in mathematics. This course will present current best-practice, research-based instructional methods in mathematical processes, the use of technology in teaching/student learning and classroom management as it applies to mathematics.

EDUC 326 Elementary Language Arts Methods

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

This course is an introduction to oral and written communication for the twenty-first century, the curriculum and pedagogy of a language arts program based on standards established by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, and the eight components of the language arts in the elementary classroom. It will include integration of the language arts (to include reading/literature, writing/grammar, speaking, viewing, listening and spelling), the use of technology in teaching language arts, and classroom management as it applies to language arts instruction. The course utilizes a comprehensive approach that examines language acquisition and development. It is also the writing-intensive course in the major.

EDUC 328 Elementary Social Studies Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 321, 322, 325, and 326, and admissionto Teacher Education Program
  • Corequisites: EDUC 329

This course is an introduction to the curriculum and pedagogy for social studies instruction based on the National Council of Social Studies Standards. Ten thematic strands frame the instructional planning for elementary and middle level curriculum. Students will develop competencies in specific social studies related skills and become acquainted with current directions and research in elementary social studies including instructional technology. This course is designed to assist pre-service teachers in developing appropriate tools for teaching social studies using an interdisciplinary approach.

EDUC 329 Elementary Science Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 321, 322, 325, and 326, and admission toTeacher Education Program

This course is an introduction to the curriculum and pedagogy of a standards-based science program in the elementary school. This course includes hands-on opportunities with the activities that support the inquiry of science as practiced in the elementary school classroom.

EDUC 330 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 222. It isrecommended that the student has completed or is takingEDUC 226 concurrently.

This course is an introduction to early childhood education: the history of the field; educational philosophies for the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten learner; and the developmentally appropriate curriculum in language arts, sciences, social sciences, and mathemathics. Also included are assessment, and parent involvement programs. Recommended for all elementary education majors and required for all students for certification in kindergarten and early childhood education. It is recommended that the student has completed, or is taking, EDUC 226 concurrently.

EDUC 331 Early Childhood Education II

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Programand EDUC 330

A review of the current research on curricular models, materials, and methodology in early childhood education. Particular attention given to research translation and implementation for working with infants and toddlers.

EDUC 332 The Middle School Learner

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

Focuses on the growth and development of the middle school aged student, specifically addressing emotional, physical, social, and cognitive developmental characteristics. A particular emphasis placed on how these factors relate to success in the school setting and how teachers accomodate the learning characteristics of the middle school student. Includes a required practicum in the schools.

EDUC 333 Middle School Methods

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 332

This course explores the cognitive and social development of early adolescents and how those lead to unique organizational structures in the middle grades. Methods of teaching designed to meet the diverse needs of middle school students are emphasized. Includes a required practicum in the schools.

EDUC 344 Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Issues

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 242, 366 (or 321 and 322), Admission to Teacher EducProgram, and junior standing

This course provides an exploration of various methods, techniques, and materials that are used in the education of students who have learning disabilities and behavioral issues in a variety of different settings including the general education classroom. Methods and materials for instruction in mathematics, reading, written language, spoken language, social skills, listening skills, organizational skills, and skills to enhance life/career choices will be addressed. Must be taken during the junior-level methods course sequence.

EDUC 347 Assessment in Special and Remedial Education

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admisson to Teacher Educ Program and junior standing

This K-12 course is an introduction to the assessment process using specific protocols for formal assessment and instructional planning with a significant emphasis on literacy skill evaluation. The course covers basic technical aspects of assessment, special education legal guidelines, tiered interventions, ethics in assessment, and the interpretation of assessment data.

EDUC 352 Advanced Teaching Methods: Secondary

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 252

Advanced study of secondary teaching methods for students seeking licensure in art, English, mathematics, science and social science. Study of special methods used to teach the individual's major subject area. Teaching methods and professional participation in one's academic discipline will be covered, as well as inclusion of special education students in a regular classroom and applications of technology. Must be taken prior to professional semester. Required for certification in art, English, mathematics, science, and social sciences. EDUC 352 for art majors includes 40 practicum hours. Not required of health, physical education and music majors.

EDUC 353 Advanced Methods - World Languages

  • 2, 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program

Advanced study of K-12 teaching methods for students seeking licensure in foreign languages. Teaching methods and professional participation in the language classroom will be covered, as well as inclusion of special education students in a regular classroom and applications of technology. World language methods prepares teachers for language instruction in kindergarten through high-school classrooms. Must be taken prior to professional semester.

EDUC 354 Elementary School Art Content, Methods, and Assessment

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: ART 222, EDUC 185 or 215, and Admittance to TeacherEduc Program

Required for students pursuing K-12 Art Education certification or K-8 Art Endorsement, this course builds on theories introduced in Art 222. Topics covered will include the teaching techniques, assessment strategies, and the development of curriculum as modeled by master elementary art teachers according to NAEA standards. Emphasis will be placed on the exploration of age-appropriate materials and on differentiation strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. The included practicum lab experience allows students to apply the theories and strategies being explored with elementary-aged students.

EDUC 361 Clinical Exp. in Mus Educ Clinical Experience in Music Education

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and MUS 250

This 100 hour clinical practicum is taken as part of the methods practicum sequence. Students work under the direction of a cooperating teacher and plan, teach, rehearse, and reflect on the teaching of music in a vocal/orchestra/band program at the elementary, middle/high school level. Course objectives are formulated from the core competencies of the teacher education program at Luther Colelge.

EDUC 366 Advanced Methods Clinical Placement

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 352,EDUC 353, PE 343, or HLTH 343

As a part of the secondary education methods course sequence, the student observes and teaches small and large groups of students in a public/private school classroom in the discipline. During the three-week practicum, the student develops and teaches a unit to document planning, teaching, assessment and reflection protocols. Note: taken during the January Term, this course would meet the January II general graduation requirement, and if placed in a middle school classroom would meet the clinical requirement for the middle school endorsement.

EDUC 367 Advanced Teaching Methods II

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 366

Continued study of advanced teaching methods for students seeking licensure in English, K-12 world languages, mathematics, science, social science, and health/physical education with special emphasis on analysis of best practice, methodological research and curriculum design within the respective content area. This course builds on the content of EDUC 352 and the clinical appointment in EDUC 366 and must be taken prior to EDUC 486.

EDUC 371 Elementary General Music Methods And Lab

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Survey of the K-5 general music program. Study of the music student, content, materials, and methods of instruction. Includes Orff and Kodaly approaches, technology, and classroom management. This course provides practical experience in elementary general music methods through a teaching partnership with area schools. Required of all music education minors.

EDUC 372 Middle School General Music Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Study of the middle school learner and the content, materials, and methods of instruction in the middle school general music classroom. Includes technology and alternative ensembles as well as classroom management. Required of vocal music education minors only.

EDUC 376 Advanced Literacy:Assessment and Instructional Design for At Risk Readers

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 226

This course will present constructs and protocols for the assessment, diagnosis and evaluation of student learning and literacy skills in the elementary/middle school classroom. The course explores the developmental nature of the exceptional reader, including underachieving and gifted students. It also examines: current research on learner characteristics, instructional approaches and best-practices in classroom assessment of reading skills, both formal and informal.

EDUC 377 Content Area Reading:Secondary/K-12 Art & PE

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas for secondary and K-12 HPE and Art teachers; procedures used in recognizing content area reading problems, improving reading by developing literacy strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for all students seeking secondary school licensure and students seeking health certification. Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take a reading practicum while student teaching; a practicum in content area is required in several states.

EDUC 378 Content Area Reading, Elementary/Middle School

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Educ Program and EDUC 226

Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas for elementary and middle school; assessment in content area reading; improving content area literacy by developing strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for elementary reading endorsement, middle school specialist, and ESL endorsement. Requires acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 379 Content Area Reading: K-12 Music

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program.

Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas for K-12 teachers in music: assessment in content area reading; improving content area literacy by developing strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for all Education K-12 Music Education minors. Requires acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take the reading practicum while student teaching; a practicum in content area reading is required in several states.

EDUC 382 Practicum:Content Area Reading

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 377, 378, or 379.

This course is 1-semester hour practicum component that is mandatory for elementary education majors. This is a requirement in some other states for all teachers. Check the state's licensure website. If you are an elementary education major pursuing a reading endorsement, you will student teach in a reading classroom and will not take the practicum component. Students are strongly encouraged, but not yet required, to take the practicum while student teaching; a practicum in content area is required in several states.

EDUC 383 Middle School Choral Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Study of the middle school learner in the choral classroom. Students learn choral literature, pedagogy with special emphasis on the changing voice, rehearsal planning, music literacy strategies, assessment, and rehearsal management techniques.

EDUC 384 Middle and High School Marching Band Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

This course examines the high school and middle school marching band program. Included are studies in marching philosophies, program organization, administration and student recruitment and retention. Students experience marching band instrumentation, unique marching equipment, field topography, terminology, marching drill charting tools and basic drill drawing. This class included a practicum with a local high school marching band.

EDUC 385 Middle and High School Jazz Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

This course explores the purposes of jazz education, a history of jazz and jazz education, types of jazz ensembles, instrumentations, recruitment and audition methods for the jazz program. Students will lean fundamentals of improvisation and to play the instruments of the rhythm section.

EDUC 386 Vocal Pedagogy and Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Students learn physiology and pedagogy of the developing voice. Included in the curricula are planning, assessment, literature, music literacy, and grading. Students teach private and in-class voice lessons to secondary students.

EDUC 387 High School Choral Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education program and EDUC 361

Students learn choral literature, pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, rehearsal planning, music literacy strategies, assessment and grading, rehearsal management, and administration of a high school choral program.

EDUC 388 Beginning and Middle School Orchestra Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

A study of the organization, direction, and management of the beginning and middle school orchestra program. The course includes the curricula, pedagogy and assessment of the beginning and middle level school string program, instrument repair/maintenance, arranging for school orchestra, teaching string instruments, program organization, direction, and business management of the orchestra program. Laboratory hours include participation with area school orchestras.

EDUC 390 Middle School and High School Concert Band Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

This course explores formal wind ensembles including types, styles and instrumentation. Instrument transposition, maintenance and repair are studied as well as traditional set up, seating arrangements and ensemble voicings. Middle and high school band literature are studied, rehearsed and conducted with Luther ensembles.

EDUC 391 High School Orchestra Methods

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

A study of the organization, direction, and management of the orchestra program in public schools. The course includes the curricula, pedagogy and assessment of the high school string program, instrument repair/maintenance, arranging for school orchestra, teaching string instruments, program organization, direction, and business management of the orchestra program. Laboratory hours include participation with area school orchestras.

EDUC 470 Music Education Senior Capstone: Administration of School Music Programs

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and EDUC 361

A study of the organization, direction and management of the school music program. This course includes business management aspects of a school music job from budgeting to creating handbooks, recruiting, publicity, and competitions to communicating with parents, colleagues and principals.

EDUC 486 Teaching Practicum

  • 2, 12 hours
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Observation and teaching in an area schools. Student teaching experiences are offered in each of the following areas: elementary education, secondary education, and K-12 student teaching in art, music, and physical education. Those who do 18 weeks of EDUC 486 to meet the Wisconsin certification and additional licensure endorsements will register for 2 additional credits during January term.

EDUC 490 Senior Project

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Educ Program