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Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12)

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Education - Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete a Communication Arts and Literature Education (grades 5-12) major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades 5 through 12.

Prerequisites to Student Teaching: 6 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 477 Teach 5-8 Comm Arts/Lit 1
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3

The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course will help the prospective teacher understand and apply current theories of communication arts instruction with its focus on practical strategies and sills essential to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, listening, media literacy, and literature at the middle school level. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program.)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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Student Teaching Clinical (Partial): 4 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

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.)

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Specialty in Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature: 16 credits (2.5 GPA required and no grade below a C–)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 212 Public Speaking 4
COM - 222 Mass Communication 4
ENG - 324 Teaching Writing 1:1 2
ENG - 330 Young Adult Literature 2

Students prepare and deliver various types of public performances including speeches and oral interpretation. The evaluation and criticism of speeches is studied. Videotape helps students adjust to their performance style and improve presentation delivery. Course units include speech construction, presentation and delivery, audience and text analysis, informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches as well as visual aid construction. (COM212 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)

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Students study and learn to critically appraise various media by exploring the weaknesses and strengths of each. The content of the course includes history of the traditional mass media as well as an exploration of contemporary social media, advertising, public relations, media law and regulation, media ethics, and social responsibility. Video projects develop basic skills of digital image gathering, editing, and distribution. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

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Often, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Students in this course will do just that: improve their own writing, editing, and tutoring skills while helping others express their ideas in writing, develop their own writing voice, and edit their own work. Students will apply what they learn from readings, discussions, and writing assignments by tutoring in the Writing Center each week. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

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By introducing the student to a wide variety of both traditional and recent literature for young adults, this course helps the student become aware of quality adolescent literature. It includes instruction in oral interpretation of the literature, methods of presenting it in the classroom and planning individualized reading programs for young people of high school age. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Term Faculty of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Director of SEAT Program, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education