Education

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  • EDUC-210. Foundations of Education

    This course introduces students to the philosophical, sociological, political, and historical foundations of the contemporary public school system in the United States, with a special emphasis on the secondary school. The central aim of the course is to develop students’ ability to think about complex questions related to the purposes and practices of schooling in a democratic society. The course will be seminar-style, with students expected to engage collaboratively in philosophical discussions about essential questions in education. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (SS.)

    EDUC-265. Educational Psychology

    An examination of psychological principles and how they can illuminate processes of learning and teaching, especially among adolescents. The course will explore cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development in multiple social contexts. It will also emphasize theories of learning and motivation and apply these to the development of positive and productive classroom learning environments. Field experience required. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. 

    EDUC-320. Diversity of Learners

    An examination of multiple forms of diversity among schoolchildren and legal and procedural aspects of educating diverse students in regular classrooms. The course will focus on foundational knowledge about students with various types of disabilities as well as those who are English Language Learners (ELLs); historical and legal factors that have shaped the education of ELLs and students with disabilities; and processes of collaboration and cooperative teaching that have become integral to the practice of inclusive education. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDUC-210 and 265; or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (D.)

    EDUC-350. Curriculum and Instruction

    Approaches to planning, assessment, and instruction for secondary school classrooms. The course aims to provide knowledge and skills necessary for a successful student teaching experience and, beyond that, a conceptual framework for long-term professional growth and excellence. Students will construct unit and lesson plans grounded in philosophical foundations, in core ideas and standards within their academic disciplines, and in knowledge of student diversity and development. Topics will include Understanding by Design, inquiry learning and other teaching strategies, multiple forms and functions of assessment, and the evaluation and use of varied instructional materials. Prerequisites: EDUC-210 and 265. Field experience required. Three hours per week. Four semester hours.

    EDUC-351. Research

    Readings and fieldwork designed to introduce students to research methods in education. Students select topics and write a proposal which must be approved by an education adviser. Regular meetings and progress reports and a final paper are required. Prerequisites: EDUC-210 and 265. One semester hour.

    EDUC-352. Research

    Same as EDUC-351 but offered in spring. One semester hour.

    EDUC-360. Teaching English Language Learners

    Approaches and methods for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) in content area classrooms. Topics will include the process of language acquisition, sociocultural characteristics of ELL students, appropriate instructional strategies to make content comprehensible for ELL students, and appropriate assessments for ELL students. Prerequisites: EDUC-210, 265, 320. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    EDUC-375. The Inclusive Classroom

    Methods of teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners. The course will emphasize planning, instructional, and assessment strategies that enable regular classroom teachers to meet individual needs while fulfilling common curricular goals. Topics will include the establishment of positive and inclusive learning environments, literacy development and instruction, assistive technology, and principles and practices of differentiated instruction. Prerequisites: EDUC-210, 265, 320. Field experience required. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (D.)

    EDUC-381. Internship

    An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Students must document their experience according to the requirements delineated in the College catalogue section on Internships. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Prerequisites: Students must have completed 12 semester hours of education coursework and have permission of the supervising faculty member to be eligible for an internship. Graded S/U. 120 hours.Three semester hours.

    EDUC-382. Internship

    An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Students must document their experience according to the requirements delineated in the College catalogue section on Off-Campus Study. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Prerequisites: Students must have completed 12 semester hours of education coursework and have permission of the supervising faculty member to be eligible for an internship. Graded S/U. 160 hours. Four semester hours.

    EDUC-405. Student Teaching

    A laboratory course consisting of observation and student teaching. Supervision is provided by faculty in the department of education and normally by other members of the College community in cooperation with teachers from local schools. Conferences and critiques occur between College faculty and student teachers. The course is open only to fourth-year students who meet published academic criteria. In order to receive the College’s recommendation for teacher certification, the student teacher must earn a grade of at least B in this course. Prerequisites: EDUC-210, 265, 320, 350, 360, 375 and 443. Taken with EDUC-406, as part of the Professional Semester. Twelve semester hours.

    EDUC-406. Professional Applications

    This course is taken concurrently with student teaching, and gives students an opportunity to engage in guided practice during their student teaching experience. Lesson planning, classroom management and student assessment will all be addressed. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    EDUC-443. Methods Practicum

    A field-based exploration of teaching and learning in the various subject areas offered in the College’s teacher education program. Students will be placed in field experiences according to their broad field of specialization (mathematics, science, world languages, English, or social studies), with teachers who will immerse them in the observation, analysis and application of instructional approaches in that subject area. Students must budget time to visit schools roughly once per week, for a total of 30 hours over the course of the semester. On-campus evening sessions will be devoted to subject-specific group work, discussion of field experiences, and the distribution and discussion of important resources in the various subject areas. Prerequisites: EDUC-210, 265, 320, and 350. Field experience required (25 hours). Taken the semester prior to student teaching. Two hours per week.Two semester hours.

    EDUC-446. Issues and Trends in Contemporary Education

    This course will introduce students to advanced research in Education by engaging them in an interdisciplinary examination of a broad theme or question about the field of Education. Topics will vary with the instructor and will reflect the broader educational goals of valuing exceptionalities, differences of cultures and lifestyles as a foundation of a pluralistic democracy. Prerequisite: EDUC-210 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (SS.)

    EDUC-491. Research/Independent Work

    Independent investigation of an aspect of teaching, using both the library to examine relevant literature and the school setting as a laboratory for applying theory. Oral progress reports and a major paper are required. Written consent of the research adviser and departmental faculty must be presented at the time of registration. Four semester hours. (I.)

    EDUC-492. Research/Independent Work

    Same as EDUC-491, but offered in the spring semester. Four semester hours. (I.)

    EDUC-493. Student Teaching

    A laboratory course consisting of observation and student teaching. Supervision is provided by faculty in the department of education and normally by other members of the College community in cooperation with teachers from local schools. Conferences and critiques occur between College faculty and student teachers. The course is open only to 9th semester/post baccalaureate students who meet published academic criteria. In order to receive the College’s recommendation for teacher certification, the student teacher must earn a grade of at least B in this course. Prerequisites: EDUC-210, 265, 320, 350, 360, 375 and 443. Taken with EDUC-406, as part of the Professional Semester. Four semester hours.