The important connection between all the literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, thinking and speaking is addressed. An understanding of a balanced reading approach is emphasized. The approach includes methods of embedding a wide variety of children's literature in the classroom through literature circles, thematic units, reading and writing conferences, reading and writing workshops, process writing and authentic assessment. Teaching strategies for building comprehension, word recognition and word analysis skills are presented as well as appropriate developmental and instructional orientation to spelling, grammar and punctuation. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum.
In a laboratory setting, students actively explore science concepts and skills. They become familiar with materials and methodology especially well suited to the teaching of elementary school science and assessment of the associated learning, as well as recognize the central role of science in the development of enthusiastic learning and innovative, integrative and critical thought. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum.
This course reviews the content, methods, materials and research related to the teaching of elementary social studies (KÀ6th Grade). Attention is given to the content of the social studies curriculum and its basis within the social sciences, global education, experiential learning, concept development, inquiry methods, moral development, assessment, Minnesota standards, and critical thinking. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum.
This course provides opportunity for students to learn and apply the content, conceptual framework, and theories of teaching and learning of the elementary school mathematics curriculum. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program.)
This course presents the principles, objectives and materials of music education in the elementary schools espoused by the leading pedagogical methods. (Prerequisites: minimal competency in music as demonstrated by test, successful completion of Class Piano and/or MUS120 or 121, admission to Teacher Education Program.) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum.
This course seeks to develop in the prospective elementary school teacher the fundamental understandings, attitudes and skills needed for the effective teaching of art in the elementary school. (Prerequisites: ART101 Approaching Art and admission to Teacher Education Program.) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum..
This course provides students with the basic principles of effective instruction in movement education at the Elementary/Middle School level (KÀ8). The course addresses curriculum content, philosophy development, objective writing and annual/unit/daily lesson planning teaching skills, methods, class organization, progression of skill, and evaluation as it relates to creating an effective physical education program that promotes lifelong physical activity. Instructional subjects will include locomotor/non-locomotor skills, manipulatives, elementary games, fitness activities, and some sport skill development. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.) Prerequisite to student teaching. (Not required if student completes KHS330)
This course provides an early field experience for students prior to student teaching. Students are assigned to work with a cooperating teacher at a grade level appropriate to their license. The course is taken concurrently with methods courses to relate theory to practice. Students are usually placed in diverse, urban classrooms. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program)
Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)