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Professional Education Core

An active study of the history and process of education: The role of teachers and how schools are run. Designed for students who want to explore education—what it is, where it has come from, where it is going—to examine motives for becoming educators. Requires actual experience in a public school classroom. Course fee attached.

This course requires 30 clock hours of observation and participation in a school setting. The successful completion of this one hour course is required for all education majors. It is normally concurrent with ED-CC 100. Course fee attached.

This course requires 30 clock hours of observation and participation in a culturally and ethnically diverse school setting. The successful completion of this one hour course is required for all education majors. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to acquaint prospective teachers with current technology and its application to K-12 education. In class and out of class methods will be explored. A sampling of topics will include, but not be limited to presentation software, laptop/desktop computers, DVD, digital media, websites, pod and web casting, Internet, Blackboard, research, wiki creation and management, online coursework, and virtual classrooms.

This course focuses on teaching and learning fundamentals. It includes a study of the nature and process of learning within the human brain from the latest neuroscientific research related to how the brain learns as well as educational learning theory and theorists. Topics include writing an effective lesson plan, composing objectives, using Blooms Taxonomy and the domains of learning, how to prepare for differentiation techniques in the classroom, applying differentiation into classroom situations, micro teaching, classroom learning environments, setting up successful safe spaces for learning, pacing and flow in a lesson, understanding wait time and how to incorporate it into a lesson, and understanding how to evaluate students based off of student learning styles. Prerequisite: SS-PY 110.

Through this course, the teacher candidate will be able to identify the characteristics and diversity of special needs students. They are often referred to as those with exceptionalities. This would include language barriers, emotional issues, social and cognitive differences.

Types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation are explored. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and decision-making. (Offered odd years fall)

Classroom Management is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for improving their instruction methods. This course will explore ways to help students develop understanding of different learning needs, provide strategies for creating classroom environments that facilitate optimal learning, utilize organizational methods that maximize instructional time, and serve as a foundation for developing a personal approach to managing a classroom. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and junior status or higher.

In this practicum experience, the teacher candidates participate in the life of an assigned elementary school as a member of the overall learning community. Students are required to complete the required number of volunteer hours, attend scheduled school events, and complete the required reporting and support material. Responsibilities may include experiences such as teacher assistance, small group instruction, library assistance, and one-on-one tutoring. This course may be taken at an urban or international school. The distinction will be recorded on the transcript. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and junior standing. Course fee attached.

This course covers the historical background of education in the United States. Inherent within this study is the role of nonpublic and public education and their respective philosophical tenets. Nonpublic would include Christian education, private college preparatory institutions, and homeschooling. Notable contributions from across the spectrum will be studied and discussed, as the student seeks to develop his own personal philosophy of education. Prerequisite: junior standing, acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and MT-PH 261.

This is a study of the theory and practice of professional ethics. Cases and essays by noted thinkers are studied and discussed in-depth from a Christian perspective. Course will be tailored to individual student interests such as business, religion, etc. (Offered even years spring)

Student teaching involves the candidate performing the duties of a professional classroom instructor in an assigned school. Candidates will serve in that capacity for a minimum of 14 weeks under the supervision of the local school and a college appointee. Students will plan and teach lessons, assess students’ progress, supervise classroom activities, and participate in the overall school program. The STE seminar portion of the course will involve the candidate returning to campus for a minimum of four discussion sessions with teacher education personnel and other candidates. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program, Pass Level II ED-EE 380 or ED-SE 381. Course fee attached.

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Core

This course focuses on literature for children from preschool through adolescence, seeking to provide both an appreciation of the literature’s worth and the confidence necessary to present the material in a classroom setting. We will read a wide variety of literature and discuss how children might respond to the stories and how to meet their specific needs.

A study of the nature and process of reading, the research related to language acquisition, and instructional methods for developing reading skills and comprehension. Emphasis is placed on the progression of reading development, including an intense study of grapheme, morpheme, and phoneme awareness. Biological, genetic, cognitive, environmental, and instructional factors that interact to influence reading development will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and ED-EE 226. Course fee attached.

A study of the theories and principles that guide emergent literacy instruction. Focus is on the cognitive development of the young reader and how it relates to brain-based research. Emphasis is placed on the components of reading and effective strategies for planning and implementing reading instruction. Assessment tools and remediation techniques are examined and applied. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and ED-EE 340. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the language arts requirement of the Kansas State Department of Education. It will include instruction on oral and written expression in multiple areas such as narrative, expository, technical, and persuasive. Careful attention will be given to instructional strategies and the variety of means of assessment and evaluation of student progress. Students will be required to examine the impact of culture, family, and society on the development of language arts. Developmental issues will be addressed as they interface with language arts. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and EN-CP 105. Course fee attached.

This course comprises the integration of math concepts, principles, and applications with sound developmental pedagogy. Participants will develop skill appropriate lessons to be presented in a classroom-like setting. Assessment and evaluation procedures will be studied. Curriculums and their implementation will be investigated. Data collection, interpretation, and means of communication will be explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and NS-MA 104. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to introduce students to the teaching of basic science in grades K-5. It will include instruction and practice of scientific process skills in the basics of life and physical science. Integration between science disciplines will be emphasized. Students will explore methods of designing, implementing, and evaluating hands-on, real life discovery experiences in science. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program, biology, and physical science courses. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to meet the standards of KSDE for teaching elementary school social science in grades K-6. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts and modes of inquiry into the social science disciplines of geography, history, economics, and politics. Students will be presented with ways to design, plan, and implement developmentally appropriate lessons in the classroom. Coursework will also address issues from global, regional, and cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program SS-GE 113 and U.S. History course. Course fee attached.

This course covers the integration of the fine arts into the classroom. Students will be challenged to investigate the educational, communicative, and aesthetic value of music, drama, and other arts. The student will learn how to promote artistic development through the use of various artistic tools and methods. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program, HU-AR 101, and MU-MU 105 or HU-AR 100. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to expose students to the pedagogy and curriculum in elementary physical education that purports a developmental approach to the successful acquisition of fundamental movement. The course offers a blend of theory and practice, as students engage in activities that are designed to teach movement within a holistic framework. Experiential activities include interdisciplinary teaching, the competition-cooperation link, body/mind challenges, multicultural, rhythmic, dance, and innovative games. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program. Course fee attached.

A study of the literacy development of the intermediate-grade child. Examines the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to effectively assess and instruct children in the development of higher-level literacy skills. Emphasis is placed on formal and informal diagnosis and interpretation, planning and implementing instructional activities, and the use of technology to extend and support reading instruction. Focus is on applying diagnosis and remediation across the curriculum to diverse student populations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program, ED-EE 340, and ED-EE 341. Course fee attached.

Physical Education

Physical Education Core

This course is designed to expose students to the pedagogy and curriculum in elementary physical education that purports a developmental approach to the successful acquisition of fundamental movement. The course offers a blend of theory and practice, as students engage in activities that are designed to teach movement within a holistic framework. Experiential activities include interdisciplinary teaching, the competition-cooperation link, body/mind challenges, multicultural, rhythmic, dance, and innovative games. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program. Course fee attached.

Study of effective teaching with emphasis on teaching methods, student learning time, classroom management, and program planning. This course includes a ten-hour practicum placement in a secondary education classroom. The purpose of this course is to analyze the teaching methods utilized in effective instructions and to help students understand the essential elements of teaching physical education at the secondary level. It is a hands-on, practical means of introducing the students to activities and procedures related to secondary physical education. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program and take concurrently with ED-PE 350. Course fee attached.

Practical emergency treatment of the injured; practice in bandaging, splint application, artificial respiration, and other first aid measures. Student has the opportunity to gain Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification. There is a $28 fee to cover certification cost. Course fee attached.

Includes a historical and contemporary view of physical education career possibilities, aims, and objectives with a view toward the development of a basic philosophy of physical education, sport, and fitness.

The study, practice, and organization of sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, etc.

This course is designed to develop a knowledge and skill of individual and dual sports. Included will be technique on how to teach as well as coach these sports. Possible sports include badminton, bowling, golf, racquetball, and tennis. Other sports may be introduced as time and interest allow. (Offered alternate years)

A study of the effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body including the cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular, and digestive. Other effects influencing human exercise will be examined including climate, altitude, and ergogenic aids. Prerequisite: NS-BI 101 general biology w/ lab.

A foundational course detailing numerous outdoor activities, their effects, and benefits for our society. Course fee attached.

A study of human motion emphasizing the musculoskeletal structure and neuromuscular involvement in voluntary movement. In addition, biomechanical principles involved in the performance of motor/sport skills and strength training exercises. Prerequisite: NS-BI 101 general biology w/ lab and NS-BI 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology I.

Methods of classification of exceptional students, program planning, and teaching of activities appropriate to needs of the handicapped are examined.

This course will consider the basic principles related to measurement and evaluation including the selection, administration, and use of tests unique to the field of health and physical education. Special emphasis will be placed on testing procedures.

This course will emphasize the necessary leadership qualities and skills expected for leading exercise activities. The student will develop professional competencies through classroom instruction as well as observational and practical experiences. Prerequisite: SP-SH 415. Course fee attached.

This course is designed to give a solid understanding of the development of motor skills and the principles and theories that govern that development. This course includes applied analysis of motor learning and motor development principles and theories throughout the human life span (focus on PreK-12).

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In this practicum experience, the teacher candidates participates in the life of an assigned elementary school as a member of the overall learning community. Students are required to complete the required number of volunteer hours, attend scheduled school events, and complete the required reporting and support material. Responsibilities may include experiences such as teacher assistance, small group instruction, library assistance, and one-on-one tutoring. This course may be taken at an urban or international school. The distinction will be recorded on the transcript. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and junior standing. Course fee attached.

In this practicum experience, the teacher candidates participates in the life of an assigned secondary school as a member of the overall learning community. Students are required to complete the required number of volunteer hours, attend scheduled school events, and complete the required reporting and support material. Responsibilities may include experiences such as teacher assistance, small group instruction, library assistance, and one-on-one tutoring. This course may be taken at an urban or international school. The distinction will be recorded on the transcript. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and junior standing. Course fee attached.

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