Academics

Education Course Descriptions

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EDU 201 Education in a Diverse Society. 3 cr.
The organization, administration, special programs and financing of education which reflect current social issues and which project the future of education.
EDU 210 Educational Psychology. 3 cr.
This course introduces the psychological principles, theories, and methodologies related to issues of education, teaching, and learning in schools. Special emphasis is placed on child through adolescent cognitive, linguistic, socio-emotional, physical, and spiritual development. As well as the nature of learning within the context of the developing student in the classroom. Principles of Christian life and servant-leadership are integrated throughout the course. Offered every semester.
EDU 221 Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies. 2 cr.
An examination of the objectives, materials, and methods of teaching on the elementary/middle and middle/secondary level. Includes preparation of units, demonstration, observation and participation in instructional laboratory experiences geared for the respective elementary/middle or middle/secondary levels. Field work included: students enroll concurrently in EDU 292.
EDU 222 Instructional Technology. 2 cr.
For the prospective teacher who desires to explore more innovative technological applications and software; off-campus investigation of technology in practice; demonstration and/or presentation of findings required. Prereq: EDU 201 and EDU 221 or consent of the director.
EDU 223 Teaching in a Religious Setting. 2 cr.
Methods, curriculum and materials to support educators who take an active role in church, Bible study, and evangelism programs such as VBS and Sunday School; an overview of appropriate teaching practices for Bible history, catechism, and hymnology in an integrated format.
EDU 280 Topics in Instruction. 1-3 cr.
Special topics in education and instruction techniques will be taught occasionally. Possible areas of study include environmental education, specific exceptional education areas, cooperative learning, and collaborative instruction. Prereq: EDU 221. Field work may be included.
EDU 292 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical: General. 1 cr.
A practical experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools in which students observe teachers, assist with small group instruction, interact in diverse learning environments, and teach a program lesson. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 221 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 311 Educating the Exceptional Child. 3 cr.
Study of individuals who have exceptional educational needs as defined by the state, the unique characteristics of the various disability areas, alternatives in providing the least restrictive educational environment, methods for teaching such children in the regular classroom, and the use of special referral system and processes.  Prereq: PSY 120 and admission to EDU program or consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 312 Instructional Strategies for ECE. 3 cr.
A study of developmentally appropriate program planning and facilitation of infants and young children through age eight. Studies early childhood curriculum design with an integrated study of math, science, environmental science, social studies, art, and music. Focus is also given to child guidance and the development of social competence. Field work required: concurrently enroll in EDU 382.
EDU 314 Early Childhood Assessment. 2 cr.
Introduces the purposes of assessment and evaluation with developmental considerations and procedures that are contrasted with alternative approaches and strategies for implementation.
EDU 315 Wellness and Movement. 1 cr.
Applies the study of health, nutrition, and fitness to young children. Identifies curriculum, strategies, and resources that are developmentally appropriate. Overview for ages 0 to 8 with emphasis on 4K and K.
EDU 316 Home/School/Community Partnerships. 3 cr.
A study of the relationship between children, families, schools, and the community. The course focuses on family structures and social factors that influence them. Emphasis will be given to developing partnership programs, techniques of communication between home and school, methods of actively engaging families in the school, and the use of community resources to benefit family and school interaction.
EDU 319 Seminar: Topics in Early Childhood Education. 1-3 cr.
Specialized programs offered to utilize the expertise of EC educators available as guest instructors or to complement the core program by addressing timely issues of concern for ECE programs. Includes topics appropriate for recertification and staff development.
EDU 320 Teaching Multiple Intelligences. 2 cr.
Study of methods and materials integrating multiple intelligence theory in the classroom. Emphasis placed on addressing the unique needs of visual-spatial, musical, and bodily-kinesthetic learners through the integration of music, movement, and the visual arts in the core subject matter.
EDU 323 Instructional Strategies in the Middle School. 3 cr.
A study of middle school philosophy, structure, models of curriculum integration, and methods. In addition, participants examine physical, intellectual, and socio/emotional issues as essential components of middle school instruction. Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 394.  
EDU 324 Teaching Social Studies. 2 cr.
An examination of the objectives and techniques of teaching social studies on the elementary/middle school level including the study of service learning, curriculum materials, methods, assessment, and evaluation. Prereq: EDU 221 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director. Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 390.
EDU 326 Teaching Health. 1 cr.
Study of methods, materials and content of elementary/middle school health programs. Areas stressed include critical health issues, concepts, and environmental concerns which interrelate the positive relationship between health knowledge and practice. Prereq: EDU 221 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 327 Teaching Science. 2 cr.
An introduction to teaching the content and processes of science in the elementary/middle school. Included are the components of good science education: the nature of problem solving, scientific knowledge, and the interactions of science, technology, and society. Methods and strategies of teaching science will be studied and practiced. Students will play and active role in sharing their activities and will practice teaching techniques. Attendance at an environmental science education workshop is required. Students are also responsible for basic science content. Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 391.
EDU 328 Foundations of Teaching Math. 3 cr.
Content and methods of teaching mathematics to middle childhood students. Curricula, lesson preparation, and the context for learning are emphasized within the framework of national/state standards. Problem-solving, the use of technology, assessment, and an action research model are included. Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 392. Prereq: a college math course, EDU 221, and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 330 Emergent Literacy 1. 3 cr.
A study of the ways children from infancy through age six develop as oral language users, listeners, readers, and writers. Emphasis is given toward classroom organization, curriculum design, instructional strategies and home/school collaboration to support children's literacy learning. Field work required: concurrently enroll in EDU 383.
EDU 332 Models of Teaching Writing. 2 cr.
A study of the methods at the elementary and middle/secondary levels as applied to the content areas. Students examine the theories, methods, and instructional techniques informing each method.
EDU 333 Emergent Literacy 2. 3 cr.
A study of the nature and process of reading, instructional procedures for developing reading skills (phonological awareness, letter/sound relationships, spelling patterns, word meaning and structure), comprehension, reading and writing workshop (whole, small and individual work), reading intervention models, 6-trait writing, language development and handwriting.  Field work required; concurrently enroll in EDU 396.
EDU 334 Reading Interests: Early/Middle Childhood. 2 cr.
Study of the story interests of children; emphasis on interactive strategies involving content area applications and processing through social and affective responses; correlation of literature as instructional, enjoyable and bibliotherapeutic. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 335 Reading Interests: Early Adolescent. 2 cr.
Study of reading interests of the young adult: grades 6 and above; examination of historical development, current trends, and characteristics of young adult literature; analysis and investigation of the present reading, viewing and listening habits of adolescents; evaluation of such from the Christian perspective emphasized. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 341 Instructional Strategies in Foreign Language. 2 cr.
A practical examination of the objectives, methods, skills, curriculum for teaching in the minor areas. Includes study of activity learning, materials, development and implementation of curriculum, evaluative methods and instructional strategies employed in the teaching of the minor. Prereq: EDU 221 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director. (Primarily intended for the young middle/secondary level minors.) Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 395.
EDU 342 Instructional Strategies in the Major. 2 cr.
A practical examination of the objectives, methods, skills, curriculum for teaching in the major areas. Includes study of activity learning, materials, development and implementation of curriculum, evaluative methods and instructional strategies employed in the teaching of the middle/secondary major. Prereq: EDU 221 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director. (Primarily intended for middle or middle/secondary level majors.) Field work included: students concurrently enroll in EDU 393. 
EDU 343 Early Childhood Methods for Wide Range Educators. 2 cr.
This course focuses on the research that embodies the study of planning for developmentally appropriate curricula and classroom to support the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive/literacy development of children at the early childhood level. Emphasis is on applying such knowledge and skills to art, music, theatre, and/or foreign language. Activities develop specific capabilities and attitudes that anchor the academic foundation for school success. Innovative strategies and assessment for measuring learning in these disciplines are also included. Field work required (EDU 385).
EDU 345 Instructional Strategies for Adaptive Education. 2 cr.
The instructional content, researched-based strategies, diagnosis, and evaluation of effectiveness for responsive and inclusive programming for special need learners; addresses formalized individualized plans; focuses on systematic approaches and methods of selection, development, and maintenance of materials, environment and resources for optimum learning. Prereq: PSY 101, 230; EDU 210, 311 or consent of the Director of Teacher Education.
EDU 351 Strategies for Teaching Behavior-Challenged Learners. 2 cr.
A multi-faceted study of strategies that assist with developing a responsibility-oriented classroom; practice at clarifying and communicating expectations; establishing reasonable rules, logical consequences and problem solving; exploration of tools that guide a positive learning environment; focuses on those learners with additional challenges in behavior as a result of emotionally/behaviorally disabled or at risk characteristics. Prereq: EDU 311 or consent of the director.
EDU 352 Introduction to Learning Disabilities. 2 cr.
Study of the intervention and remediation techniques to assist learners in academic and social/behavioral areas; teaming and collaborative approaches are examined with emphasis on delivering appropriate programming and instruction for the learning disabled student in the inclusive setting. Prereq: EDU 311 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 353 Reading Intervention. 2 cr.
A practical study in the observation and identification of reading difficulties; emphasis on designing informal assessments, reading and interpreting formal assessments, and developing age-appropriate reading strategies, including tutorial assistance. Prereq: EDU 333 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 354 Gifted Learners. 2 cr.
Exploration of various models which address the needs of the gifted/talented learner through extension or enrichment; study of the social, academic, and environmental issues confronting such learners. Prereq: EDU 311 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 360 Student Motivation. 2 cr.
Focus on the environmental issues, teacher strategies, and home partnerships that are critical elements affecting student motivation; identification, cause and correction of underachievement. Prereq: EDU 311 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or consent of the director.
EDU 373 Urban Education. 2 cr.
An immersion experience designed to assist qualified upper division teacher candidates explore high performing schools in an urban setting. Prereq: EDU 311, Admission to the Teacher Education Program, and consent of the Director of CfUT.
EDU 374 Urban Education Practicum. 1-3 cr.
Students will participate in a one-semester clinical, internship position, or approved work-study program in an urban setting.  Concurrently enroll in EDU-373.
EDU 380 Special Topics. 1-3 cr.
 
EDU 382 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical: EC Model. 1 cr.
This curriculum clinical provides students the opportunity to observe various developmentally appropriate curricular models at the early childhood level. This onsite experience is intended to bridge the coursework readings, discussion, and presentations that introduce the prevalent models. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 310 or 312 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 383 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical: Literacy ECE. 1 cr.
The literacy clinical provides an opportunity to observe, assist, and teach components of literacy within the preschool or kindergarten classroom. It is encouraged to implement coursework phonological/phonics activities, stories, and/or storytelling into the clinical experience. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 313 or EDU 314 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 385 Clinical: Wide Range Educators. 1 cr.
A practical experience in early childhood settings which emphasizes curriculum, instruction and assessments in a developmentally appropriate art, music, theatre, or foreign language class.
EDU 390 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical: Social Studies. 1 cr.
A practical experience in the middle school setting which emphasizes the service learning component of the teacher education program; observation of classroom instruction and mentoring of middle school students in a service learning project. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 324 or with consent of the director.
EDU 391 Clinical: Science. 1 cr.
A practical experience in the elementary, middle, or secondary schools in which students observe teachers, assist with small group instruction, and teach a micro lesson in science. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 327 or with consent of the director.
EDU 392 Clinical: Mathematics. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a secondary school in which students oberserve teachers, assist with small group instruction and teach micro lessons in their major. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 328 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 393 Clinical: (Major) Secondary. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a secondary school in which students observe teachers, assist with small group instruction, and teach micro lessons in their major. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 342 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 394 Clinical: Middle. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a middle school in which students observe teachers, assist with small group instruction, and teach micro lessons in their major or minor. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 323 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 395 Clinical: (Minor) Middle/Secondary. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a middle or secondary school in which students observe teachers, assist with small group instruction, and teach micro lessons in their minor. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 341 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 396 Clinical: Literacy: Middle Childhood. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a literacy tutoring program in the elementary classroom emphasizing developmental reading: observation of teachers, assistance with deficient and gifted readers, and instruction of skill and literature-based lessons. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 333 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 397 Clinical: Literacy: Early Adolescence/Adolescence. 1 cr.
A practical experience in a literacy tutoring program in the middle/secondary classroom emphasizing content area reading and writing: observation of teachers, assistance with deficient and gifted readers, and instruction of lessons which emphasize reading and writing skills. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 431 or with consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 402 History and Philosophy of Education. 3 cr.
A study of the precedents, problems, trends, and ideas which have shaped education throughout history into what we know and understand it to be today. Analysis of educational thought, philosophical tends, and current perspectives on the means, methods, and systems of education from early history to the present in Western civilization. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, senior status, or consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 403 Assessing Learning. 2 cr.
Examination of learning as informed through various forms of assessment; informal to formal, authentic to standardized-study of appropriate application for correction, grading, evaluation, and assessment; emphasis on improvement of instruction. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, senior status, and EDU 431 or consent of the director.
EDU 404 Legal Topics for Teachers. 2 cr.
Overview of critical court cases and laws that impact the daily lives of teachers; examination of resulting school policies, liability issues, and avenues of protection for students, parents and teachers under the law. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, senior status, or consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 417 Directing Early Childhood Programs. 2 cr.
This course focuses on administrative concepts, program organization and design, supervision and staffing as well as policies and program philosophy and components of early childhood program models. Emphasis will be on professional development, and ongoing evaluation. Field work required.  Prereq: Senior status.
EDU 431 Content Area Literacy. 3 cr.
Instruction in the teaching of reading and writing within the content areas on the elementary/middle/secondary level. Consideration of the nature of the learner, the readability and scope of content area materials, theories and methods of language arts curriculum, instructional techniques relating to continued literacy development within content areas, remediation and enrichment activities. Emphasis on the interactive processes of reading, writing and learning. Field work included: early adolescence/adolescence majors concurrently enroll in EDU 396.
EDU 451 Human Relations for Educators. 3 cr.
A study of human and intergroup relations, values, life styles, and contributions of racial, cultural, and economic groups in American society, the forces of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. Includes structured field experience for those students who have not met hours as specified: students concurrently enroll in EDU 492.  Prereq: EDU 221, admission to the Teacher Education Program, senior status, or consent of the director of teacher education.
EDU 480 Special Topics. 1-3cr.
 
EDU 481 Early Childhood Practicum. 2 cr.
Practical experience in a pre-kindergarten setting. Students spend a minimum of 90 hours, assisting and teaching in a range of cross-curricular instructional activities with a focus on literacy, classroom management, and discipline. Practicum candidates are also required to attend an initial and mid-semester seminar held during the practicum with members of the education faculty who supervise practicum students and with candidate peers to discuss, compare and analyze challenges, experiences, and difficulties encountered in the classroom. Emphasis is also placed on connecting this classroom experience with the teaching profession. The seminar seeks to reinforce, through presentation and discussion, the "strands" of theory and practice that were integrated throughout the WLC teacher education program, connecting those to the Wisconsin State Teacher Standards.
EDU 482 Kindergarten Practicum. 2 cr.
Practical experience in kindergarten setting. Students spend a minimum of 135 hours, assisting a range of instructional activities, focusing on areas of literacy, classroom management, and discipline. (Limited to EC/MC students who seek the additional licensure of MC/EA. Practicum candidates are also required to attend an initial and mid-semester seminar held during the practicum with members of the education faculty who supervise practicum students and with candidate peers to discuss, compare and analyze challenges, experiences, and difficulties encountered in the classroom. Emphasis is also placed on connecting this classroom experience with the teaching profession. The seminar seeks to reinforce, through presentation and discussion, the "strands" of theory and practice that were integrated throughout the WLC teacher education program, connecting those to the Wisconsin State Teacher Standards.
EDU 483 General Practicum. 1-3 cr.
Practical experience in a general educational setting. Students spend a minimum of 45 hours per credit, assisting in a range of instructional activities, focusing on areas of literacy, classroom management and discipline.
EDU 484 Practicum in Adaptive Education. 2-3 cr.
Students spend a minimum of 45 hours/credit in an inclusive and/or special education setting, assisting with instruction, assessment and discipline in the area of primary licensure.
EDU 493 Portfolio Seminar. 1 cr.
An integrative academic experience required of all EDU majors in their final academic semester prior to student teaching. This course is considered a capstone course where students demonstrate through an electronic portfolio and formal presentation that they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for the formal student teaching or internship experience. Prereq: Admission to the teacher education program and completion or concurrent enrollment in the final course of the program.
EDU 494 Teacher Candidate Internship. 10 cr.
A supervised internship in which students engage in planned instruction and other duties as a designated part of a teaching experience on the early childhood, elementary, middle or high school levels. Placement is limited to schools in the Metro Milwaukee area. Students must have transportation. Student teaching with the seminar is considered a full load; no other classes should be added. Because of state requirements, students follow the calendar of the school district, not the college. Prereq: All other education courses, completion of clinical experiences, portfolio presentation, and formal department approval.
EDU 495 Teacher Candidacy. 10 cr.
A supervised practicum in which students engage in planned instruction and other duties as a designated part of a teaching experience in early childhood/middle childhood, middle childhood/early adolescent, early adolescent/adolescent, or middle childhood/adolescent levels. Placement is usually limited to public schools in the Metro-Milwaukee areas. Students must have transportation. Student teaching with the seminar is considered a full load; no other classes should be added. Because of state requirements, students follow the calendar of the school district, not the college.
EDU 496 Seminar for Teacher Candidates. 2 cr.
A seminar held weekly during the student teaching experience with members of the education faculty and other students who are student teaching to discuss and explore challenges, experiences, and difficulties encountered in the student teaching experience. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 494/495.
EDU 497 Professional Development Experience. 2 cr.
This combined theoretical-practical course is designed for those pursuing post-baccalaureate teacher certification as an initial license or as an add-on license. Particpants review professional literature, det professional teaching goals based on 2-3 teacher standards, design objectives that operationalize the goals. Applications of assessment efforts must be implemented to determine growth in student learning. Prereq: Admission to the post-bac certification program and consent of the director of certification.
EDU 199-499 Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with the department.