Education Seminar (1 credit hour)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the elementary and secondary education programs offered within the Education Department at MidAmerica Nazarene University. The purpose of this course is to create an awareness of the teaching profession by reflecting about oneself, students, schools and classrooms as the foundations for becoming an educator. The course will also provide procedures and requirements for becoming a professional educator in three ways: 1) concerns and realities of entering the teaching profession, 2) the significance and value of student diversity, and 3) complex social, cultural, and academic realities of the classroom and school. This course will guide the student toward a commitment to the teacher education program by completing a portion of the necessary requirements for admission.
Introduction to Teaching (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to examine the institutional development of public education in the United States with an interpretation of political, philosophical, and social forces influencing this development. The scope of this course is to study the philosophical, historical and foundational roles of schools, teachers and American society, and to explore American educational systems and focus on the conflict of values and critical changes experienced in education. Additionally, the philosophical forces and roles in education will be addressed.
Cultural Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
This course provides the knowledge base and current instructional practices for working with culturally diverse learners. Candidates will have opportunities to participate in experiences that prepare them to teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and/or socioeconomic backgrounds. This course will examine various learning styles as they relate to different cultures. This course is required for all education majors.
Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to assist students in developing strategies to effectively manage the classroom, build parent and community support, deal with school conflict and crises, and collaborate with other professionals. The course focuses on issues faced in classroom settings.
K-2 Integrated Literacy and Assessment and Practicum(4 credit hours)
K-2 Integrated Literacy and Assessment provides emergent literacy theory to foster language development, create literacy rich environments for young children, assess and evaluate literacy learning, and provide differentiation and interventions for learners in the K-2 classroom. Based on the Common Core State Standards for College and Career Readiness, evidence-based primary literacy instruction includes modeled, guided, and direct instruction; age-appropriate skills and strategies; integration of reading/writing, listening/speaking, and viewing/visual representation for the emergent reader and writer. A semester-long practicum in which students observe, assess and diagnose literacy acquisition problems, tutor individual students, teach whole group and small group literacy lessons is included.
Modern Math for the Elementary Teacher (3 credit hours)
Covers topics of elementary mathematics to meet the needs of students preparing to teach in the elementary school. Topics include sets, logic, systems of numeration, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, and informal geometry.
3-6 Integrated Literacy and Assessment and Practicum (4 credit hours)
3-6 Integrated Literacy and Assessment extends literacy theory to the intermediate grades to focus on language development, create a literacy-rich classroom environment for middle level students, assess and evaluate literacy learning, and provide differentiation and interventions for learners in 3-6 classrooms. Based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), evidence-based intermediate literacy instruction includes modeled, guided, and direct instruction, age appropriate skills and strategies, content area literacy, integration of reading/writing/listening/speaking/viewing/visual representation. This course includes a semester long-practicum in which students observe, assess, diagnose literacy acquisition problems, tutor individual students, and teach whole group and small group literacy lessons.
Methods of Teaching Motor Skills and Elementary PE (2 credit hours)
Analysis of the value and objectives of a program of physical education for the elementary school student. Various movements applicable to this age group, ranging from simple motor skills to more complex movement and sport skills are explored. Methodology regarding the teaching of fitness, various motor skills, and competitive experiences are emphasized, highlighted by practicum opportunities.
Elementary Methods of Applied Arts (2 credit hours)
A course for elementary classroom teachers designed to give educators knowledge of methodology, implementation, and evaluation in teaching the visual and performing arts. Integrating art, music, drama, and movement with other classroom disciplines will be a focus.
Elementary Methods of Mathematics and Practicum (4 credit hours)
This course is a study of teaching procedures and materials, game theory, and other modern approaches for teaching mathematics in the elementary classroom. A practicum including activities related to teaching elementary level math is also required.
Technology with the Exceptional Learner (2 credit hours)
This course is an overview of technology needs for varied exceptionalities such as mobility, prosthetics, orthotics, adaptive devices, visual technologies, hearing technologies as well as adaptive uses of computers. This course will also review the history of IDEA and focus on assistive technology in the law. Students will have hands-on experiences with assistive technology equipment as part of the studies.
Children’s Literature (3 credit hours)
Included in this course is a survey and evaluation of children’s literature and exploration of different types of literature including plays, poetry, and trade books.
Core Concepts of Health (3 credit hours)
This course examines the multi-dimensional, factors (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual) that affect optimal health. The course will develop and extend students’ understanding of public health principles; knowledge, tools, and motivation to teach wellness-related behavior, and the dynamics of health behavior change.
The Exceptional Learner and Practicum (4 credit hours)
Learning to diagnose and resource individual and learning differences in the classroom are the foci of this course. Special attention is given to the psycho-social and educational needs of exceptional individuals. A practicum is included to allow teacher candidates to work with special needs students.
Elementary Methods of Science and Social Studies and Practicum (5 credit hours)
This course introduces elementary science and social studies methods for students who plan to teach in an elementary classroom. The content of the course focuses on the pedagogies that are successful in integrating the study of natural science and dynamic social studies into the life of the elementary school. Topics in life, physical, and earth/space sciences, as well as economics, geography, citizenship, and history are addressed as they relate to the elementary school curriculum. There is an emphasis on constructivism, cooperative learning, and critical inquiry. A field experience including activities related to teaching elementary level Science and Social Studies is included.
Technology with Differentiated Learning (2 credit hours)
One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction. This course investigates the ways Web 2.0 is impacting learning environments. Learners will explore how to differentiate instruction using technologies such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, photo sharing, virtual offices, simulation and digital games-based learning.
Research and Differentiated Learning and Practicum (4 credit hours)
Using neural, cognitive, and behavioral sciences to effectively plan and deliver instruction is the focus of this course. Students will learn a variety of instructional strategies and how to use them in the classroom.
Technology with Curriculum and Assessment (2 credit hours)
This course explores learning theory research and its applications for technology-enriched, standards-based units of study. Students will explore theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences and other research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen problem-solving skills and encourage communication, collaboration and reflection. Students will cover assessment basics, the role of technology in education information and knowledge management, and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice.
Curriculum Development and Assessment and Practicum (4 credit hours)
Learning to align curriculum and assessment with goals and outcomes is the focus of this course. Students will learn to write and teach units of instruction and be introduced to a variety of assessment strategies, learning the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar (9-12 credit hours)
Supervised student teaching experience in the elementary schools. Admission to student teaching is required.
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