Course Topics

EDUC-220-A Educational Psychology
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-223-A Children's Literature
The study of children's literature: genre identification, analysis, review, and curriculum integration. Prerequisite: 185/215 and 220.

EDUC-378-A Teaching Reading Content Area: Practice
Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas; procedures used in recognizing content area reading problems, improving content area reading by developing content area literacy strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for all secondary education teachers in Wisconsin and Missouri. Also required of all teaching majors and second teaching areas except in art, physical education, and music. Prerequisite: 222 or 252 or health 468.

EDUC-378-A Content Area Reading: Elementary/Middle School
Introduction to the teaching of reading in content areas for elementary teachers: procedures used in recognizing content area reading problems, improving content area reading by developing literacy strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course has a one-semester hour practicum component. If you are an elementary major pursuing a reading endorsement, you will student teach in a reading classroom and will NOT take the practicum component. Prerequisite: educ 185, 215 or 217.

EDUC-323-A Teaching Methods English Language Learning
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-A Assessment English Language Learning
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-215-B Clinical Experience in the Schools
Student works as an observer-aide under a teacher in a public/private school. Concentrated instruction in preparation for these duties plus seminars accompany the experience. Students taking this course in January must complete application materials in the education department by October 1 of the previous semester. First-year students are to enroll in Educ 185 (first-year seminar) offered during January term.