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Science, Life Science Emphasis

Our faculty will model relevant teaching methods, expand on your skills, and prepare you for state exams to teach biology or any middle level science courses.

Face to Face

Face to Face Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Spring 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Courses

  • Foundations in Education (EDUC621)

    Introduction to the teaching profession and focus on influences shaping education. History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current education issues. Student mental health and impact of chemicals in student lives, families, and schools. Personal growth planning and the connection between professional responsibilities and personal faith and values.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC624)

    Identification of different approaches to K-12 students development, learning, performance, and critical elements needed to structure an effective learning environment. Synthesis of early assessment theory and current issues. Analysis of theories that influence learning and behavior related to the learning environment. Integration of Christian or personal faith perspective of learning.

    3 credits

  • General Teaching Methods for 5-12 Classrooms (EDUC630)

    Active-learning, activity-centered eperience. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures.

    3 credits

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Participate in field experiences in K-12 schools and other school-based settings in order to apply coursework to authentic teaching experiences, observe educational contexts and receive mentoring from classroom teachers. Practice reflective skills by debriefing field experiences, writing a formative edTPA, and integrating a spiritual worldview.

    2 credits

  • Understanding Diversity and Student Needs (EDUC663)

    Identification of various groups in American communities and how to foster communication. Analysis of Minnesota-based American Indian tribes. Description of biases, discrimination, prejudices, racism, and sexism in the classroom and the influence personal identity has on student learning. Evaluation of the effects that various diversity factors have in the classroom.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Students will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.

    3 credits

  • Classroom Technology (EDUC668)

    Description of foundations of technology integration practices. Development of a personal technology integration philosophy. Creation of instructional materials to develop understanding of digital citizenship. Evaluation of technology integration resources. Identification of appropriate technology tools for meeting objectives. Application of best practices in technology integration. Analysis of tools for collecting data.

    1 credits

  • Methods of Teaching Science, 5-12 (EDUC681)

    Current methods and approaches used in the teaching of science in grades 5-12. Examination of ways to develop and present curriculum with emphasis on content, scientific investigation, inquiry, assessment, and safe laboratory practices.

    3 credits

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Development of reflective skills, professional qualities, and instructional and evaluative skills. Clarification of personal teaching/learning beliefs, modification of instruction for diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments. Embeded differentiated instruction for ELS and special education students in the general education classroom. Refinement of assessment strategies and classroom management techniques that maximize student learning.

    5 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Prior course knowledge and skills will be practiced under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach. In the field experience and through two student teaching placements, students will have teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    5 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach.

    3 credits

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