Course Topics

EDUC 220 Introduction to Education and the Psychology of Learning
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 252 Introduction to Middle and High School 5–12 Methods
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.

EDUC 278 Content Area Reading, Middle School/Secondary
Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas for secondary teachers: procedures used in recognizing content area reading problems, improving reading by developing literacy strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

EDUC 352 Advanced Teaching Methods: Secondary
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.

EDUC 221 The Diverse and Exceptional Learner
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 367 Advanced Teaching Methods II
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.

EDUC 366 Advanced Methods Clinical Placement
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.

Paideia 450 U.S. Schools
This course examines issues about schooling in the United States and explores the questions which educators, citizens, parents and students face regarding education. In addition to looking at features of schools, students examine the relationship between religion, politics and economics in the schools of our nation. Students explore religious and secular values and their effect on educational decisions and behaviors, particularly as those values related to ethnicity, race, class and gender. The course also discusses how contemporary educators, parents, citizens and students must understand the legacy of historical decisions about schools that continue to influence modern systems of education.