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EDUC - Education Courses

EDUC 200
3.00 cr.
Education Foundation/Philosophy

An overview of the field of education based on historical and current philosophical, psychological and sociological foundations of American public and private education from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, and the parents. Includes field experience in the elementary classroom. Students must attempt the MTLE Basic Skills battery (reading, writing, mathematics) to receive course credit.

EDUC 210
1.00 cr.
Linguistics for Professionals

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics-phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and the practical application of standard written and spoken English grammar. Its purpose is to build foundational knowledge regarding English language sounds and sound patterns, word and sentence structure and linguistic meaning that will help the student develop proficiency in using and teaching the language arts.

EDUC 310
3.00 cr.
Educational Psychology and Human Relations

Provides an understanding of how learning occurs and the implications for instruction. Topics include the psychosocial developmental characteristics of the child; student variability and diversity; issues of prejudice and discrimination; multi-cultural education; group dynamics and positive social interaction. This course contains a clinical experience component. This course is a prerequisite for the upper division Education methods courses. Prerequisites: EDUC200 and acceptance into the Education Majors.

EDUC 315
3.00 cr.
Teaching Health and Human Performance

This course addresses the philosophy, objectives, curriculum, lesson planning, instructional methods, and evaluation for establishing and maintaining an effective school health and human performance program that promotes lifelong health and physical activity. Students will also learn how to teach the exceptional child. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 320
4.00 cr.
Teaching Literacy and Communication

This course studies the methods and materials and the interconnection among all literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, thinking and speaking. Strategies for teaching reading comprehension, word recognition, analysis skills, and vocabulary are emphasized. A component on the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of reading problems is included. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 325
3.00 cr.
Children's Literature

This course is a survey of fiction, biography, fantasy, folk tales, poetry, informational, and picture books for children from pre-kindergarten through middle school. Emphasis is placed on selections that consider the developmental needs of children. Students identify and critique books dealing with universal, cross-cultural, gender-fair, and special needs themes. Evaluating content in the light of Christian principles is an integral part of the course. Attention is also given to exploring ways in which children can be encouraged to respond to literature and story telling in teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.

EDUC 340
3.00 cr.
Teaching Social Studies

This course is an overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of elementary and middle school social studies. Emphasis is on curriculum planning and content. Students will design materials, plan, and teach lessons using various social studies curricula and technology. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 360
3.00 cr.
Teaching Science

An overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of science in the elementary and middle school curriculum. The focus is on the national science education standards and Minnesota standards. Technology will be used to enhance the teaching and learning of scientific knowledge and process. Students will explore, plan, and teach lessons using various science curricula. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 370
3.00 cr.
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

This course provides an understanding of the exceptional learner and of the changing field of special education. Topics include special education categories and terminology reflecting current issues and laws; alternative program designs for meeting exceptional needs (mainstreaming, inclusion and integration); the IEP (individual education plan); assessments; parents' rights; the role of parents, classroom teacher, and special education personnel; the origin and nature of exceptionalities and instructional strategies; and differences in standards. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.

EDUC 380
3.00 cr.
Early Childhood Theory and Methods

This course builds on the theoretical foundations of the young child's development; addresses the historical foundations for early childhood education; and explores the current methods, materials and research for planning, and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment for children from ages three through eight years of age. A clinical experience is taken concurrently with this course. Prerequisites: PSYC325 and EDUC310.

EDUC 400
3.00 cr.
Teaching the Christian Faith

This course addresses the spiritual needs of the child, focusing on the objectives, curriculum, lesson plans, and methodology for teaching Bible history, catechism, and hymnology. Emphasis is placed on the proper understanding, use, and application of Law and Gospel. This course includes a practicum and is required for teacher certification in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.

EDUC 401
2.00 cr.
Educational Technology and Media

This course develops knowledge of both simple and complex media formats in the classroom. The course focuses on computer technology for lesson design and presentation, portfolio development, and classroom administration. Issues related to educational technology are addressed. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 425
3.00 cr.
Fine Arts for Elementary Education

This course uses interdisciplinary models, procedures, methods, materials, and techniques to integrate, teach, and develop an appreciation for art, movement, music, and drama. It is especially designed for the classroom teacher to be able to integrate the fine arts into the regular curriculum. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 430
4.00 cr.
Teaching Mathematics

This course introduces the philosophy, objectives, learning methods, and techniques for teaching mathematics in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis is placed on applying learning theory to the teaching of mathematics. Students do lesson planning and material preparation based on NTCM and Minnesota Mathematics Standards. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 450
2.00 cr.
Curriculum Planning and Assessment

This course provides the theoretical and practical foundation for curriculum design and management of instruction and for the use of formal and informal assessment strategies appropriate for evaluation and research. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.

EDUC 455
1.00 cr.
Classroom Management

This course explores the school and classroom environment and the relationships among individuals that foster learning. Focus is on the practical aspects of classroom organization and management for establishing and maintaining a safe and productive classroom.

EDUC 456
2.00 cr.
Classroom Management

This course explores the school and classroom environment and the relationships among individuals that foster learning. Focus is on the practical aspects of classroom organization and management for establishing and maintaining a safe and productive classroom. Prerequisite: acceptance to education major.

EDUC 485
3.00 cr.
Christian Vocation Seminar

This is the capstone course in which students are provided an opportunity for integrating the study of scripture and faith with their discipline and across other disciplines in the context of today's world and the individual's future vocation.

EDUC 486
2.00 cr.
Christian Vocation Seminar

This is the capstone course in which students are provided an opportunity for integrating the study of Scripture and faith with their discipline and across other disciplines in the context of today's world and the individual's future vocation. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the education major and completion of all coursework with the exception of student teaching. Corequisites: EDUC495, EDUC496, and EDUCTPA.

EDUC 495
12.00 cr.
Licensure Area Student Teaching Internship

The teaching internships are a professional semester of full-time teaching experience in approved cooperating schools under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department faculty. Studio Art placements may be divided differently to accommodate elementary, middle, and high school experiences. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major and completion of all prior coursework, cleared criminal background check, and AED/First Aid/CPR adult and child certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Corequisites: EDUC486, EDUC496, EDUCTPA

EDUC 496
3.00 cr.
Middle School Student Teaching Internship

The teaching internships are a professional semester of full-time teaching experience in approved cooperating schools under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department faculty. Studio Art placements may be divided differently to accommodate elementary, middle, and high school experiences. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major and completion of all prior coursework, cleared criminal background check, and AED/First Aid/CPR adult and child certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Corequisites: EDUC486, EDUC495, EDUCTPA

EDUC 499
15.00 cr.
Teaching Internship and Seminars

The teaching internship is a professional semester of full-time teaching experience in approved cooperating schools under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education department faculty.

EDUC PTF
0.00 cr.
Education Professional Portfolio

Elementary and Secondary Licensure majors must register for this course their last semester on campus.

EDUC TPA
1.00 cr.
Education Teacher Performance Assessment

Elementary and secondary licensure majors must submit the edTPA portfolio for scoring. Successful completion of the edTPA results in one pass/fail credit. Corequisites: EDUC486, EDUC495, EDUC496