Courses

ANTH 399 - Anthropology of Education (Writing-Intensive) (Also Education 399)

An ethnographic research course in which students study the cultural contexts of schools and classrooms, families and youth cultures, hidden curricula and diversity. Students should expect to complete a semester-long, field research project in a nearby school. Not available for credit for students who have completed Educ/Anth 204. Prerequisite: one course in education or anthropology.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 161 - Introduction to Educational Psychology

An introduction to psychological theories of learning and development with a focus on their application to teaching and parenting. Includes study of moral, personality, language and cognitive development, learning styles, intelligence and creativity and cognitive and behavioral learning theories. Includes observation in local schools. An active learning experience.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 201 - Instructional Technology: Digital Literacy and Learning

The course examines the use of instructional technology in teaching and learning with an emphasis on the pedagogical implications of digital literacy for teachers and students. Topics include instructional design, computer hardware and software, educational networks, and multimedia integration. Students gain a theoretical understanding of the use of technology as an instructional tool as well as acquire the necessary skills to implement technology in a teaching environment.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 205 - Introduction to Environmental Education (also Environmental Studies)

An introduction to the philosophy, goals, theory, and practice of environmental education. The history of environmental education, as it pertains to environmental literacy, implementation, and professional responsibility, is explored through hands-on learning activities as well as use of texts. Educational models which promote ecologically sustainable behaviors are considered as well. This course includes some field trips. This course has the attribute of Environmental Studies.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 220 - Methods of Teaching Writing

Surveys the expectations for successful writing in several disciplines and explores various strategies peer and professional tutors employ to help student writers attain their goals. Participants examine samples of student writing, discuss possible responses, and develop model interactions between tutors and students.
(Credit, one-fourth course)

EDUC 221 - Teaching Writing in the Community

In this course, students not only learn about writing pedagogy but also practice the teaching of critical and expository writing to those in the larger community — specifically, to women currently residing at the Blue Monarch. Weekly class meetings alternate between on-site, practice teaching at the Blue Monarch and instructional sessions on campus.
(Credit, half course)

EDUC 226 - Teaching Children's Literature

An examination of the many genres of children’s literature and their uses within diverse educational settings. The course addresses methods of selecting and evaluating children's books for readability, interest level, and cultural sensitivity; it also explores strategies to encourage reading and writing. Students should expect to observe and teach language arts lessons in local P-8 classrooms.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 245 - Urban Education

The exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which teaching and learning occur in the urban school environment. Students critically examine the implications of difference for students‚ development and learning and for school climates. Participants are encouraged to challenge their beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, and practices involving gender, culture, ethnic, and racial groupings as well as other aspects of diversity in the urban setting. The course includes field trips to schools in nearby urban areas for observations and projects.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 255 - Introduction to Special Education

The nature, origin, instructional needs, and psychological characteristics of students with diverse and exceptional learning needs. Exceptionalities considered include specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, visual and hearing impairments, gifted and talented students and English language learners. Includes observation in local schools.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 260 - Philosophies of Education

A study of the philosophic framework, theories, and principles that shape teacher practice, curriculum, and interactions between students and educators. This course explores not only the underlying principles of education and the nature of knowledge, but also ways in which historic and contemporary theories have affected curricula, pedagogy, and ideas of literacy. Such matters are considered in relation to controversies arising throughout evolution of the American educational system. Students conduct research in local schools.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 279 - History of American Education

The course examines the social and cultural history of American education from the seventeenth century to the present day. Special attention is focused upon the following issues: the changing roles and structures of the "family," the participation and leadership of women in education, and the impact of ideas about sexual difference in the construction of the values, ideals, and institutions of education.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 341 - Methods and Materials of Teaching

Study and practice of secondary school teaching focusing on a wide variety of planning, teaching, assessment and improvement strategies. Also includes work with instructional technologies, media and materials and classroom management techniques. Students observe and reflect on local classrooms and develop and teach their own lessons. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 350 - Issues and Innovations in Education

An in-depth exploration of significant issues both contemporary and historic in education, schools, and teaching. The course explores issues such as high-stakes testing, challenges of rural education, tracking and ability grouping, and efforts to achieve educational equity. It also assesses innovations such as learning communities, service learning, and problem-based learning. Students conduct research in local schools and complete projects focused on positive change for young people. Prerequisite: One course in education.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 355 - Methods and Materials of Teaching Theatre

An examination of elementary and secondary theatre education, methods and practices including objectives and strategy, planning, instructional media, teaching models, classroom management techniques, and the development of creative drama. Practical field experience supplemented by a study of educational periodicals and texts.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 375 - African American and Latino Education (also AMST)

This course considers several theories of human nature drawn from the Western philosophical tradition and explores their educational consequences, particularly for African American and Latino students. This multimedia and service-learning course begins with the Italian Renaissance and ends with the American Civil Rights movement. Prerequisite: one course in education or American Studies.
(Credit, full course)

EDUC 444 - Independent Study

To meet the needs and interests of selected students. May be taken more than once for credit.
(Credit, variable half or full course)