Education (EDUC)

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[1] Courses in Education (EDUC)

1240 BASIC EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS A required course for teacher candidates who need an introduction to computer and information literacy. Candidates develop competency in word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, presentation software, and Internet utilization through laboratory activities. Candidates must take a basic computer literacy skills competency exam for admission to teacher education. Candidates who do not receive a passing score on the competency exam must enroll in this course.

1300 EDUCATION AS A PROFESSION A required course for education candidates for admission into the teacher education program. The course is designed to help students explore their motivation for teaching; overview the structure of the American public school, both as an institution within itself and as an agency of society; gain a sense of the changing nature of schooling; and understand the UCA teaching program. A field experience is required.

2310 STUDIES IN LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS: BEST PRACTICES IN MENTORING FOR GROWTH This course will provide the opportunity for participants to develop a firm working concept of leadership and peer-mentoring in student development. Upon completion of the course the participant should be able to identify and discuss the role of leadership and peer coaching in the school/university development process and to apply leadership principles to support peers’ development in the school/university context. The course challenges students to support the development of peers through data analysis, mentoring, and communication competencies. Students in this course will partner with a first-year seminar (FYS) course to aid the instructor and will be actively involved with an FYS class as a mentor to FYS students. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the LD UCA Core FYS requirement.

2330 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF EDUCATION This course examines historical perspectives of education access. Students will consider topics in educational equity as they intersect diverse populations in K-12 education. Course outcomes include participation in collaborative inquiry and the creation of a digital artifact to demonstrate learning. These educational expressions will combine to document the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to advance educational equity.

2340 LEARNING & TEACHING USING TECHNOLOGY In this course, students will explore how digital tools allow for innovative models of teaching and learning in diverse learning environments such as the traditional classroom setting as well as online learning. Students will gain skills to recognize trends in technology that impact effective pedagogy and will incorporate active teaching methods that reinforce skills in digital citizenship, instruction and assessment design, and digital ethics. This course should be taken as part of the Teacher Residency Pathway.

3322 DIVERSE LEARNERS IN INCLUSIVE SETTINGS This course examines the theory, research, and practice of working with diverse populations in an educational setting. Course content will focus on knowledge and strategies affecting instructional effectiveness with diverse learners such as exploring learner make-up, culturally responsive teaching, legal aspects of civil rights and special education, and addressing the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom setting. Characteristics of exceptionalities and current educational trends will also be addressed. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn how to employ effective practices including Universal Design for Learning, Response to Intervention, and differentiated instruction. Although a lecture format will primarily be used, candidates are expected to participate in small and large group discussions. Some instruction may be facilitated through web-based online sessions. Admission to Teacher Education required.

4210 INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY INTO TEACHING AND LEARNING This course is designed to integrate technology into classrooms specifically to enhance the instruction and learning for all grade levels (P-12) and academic disciplines. Teacher candidates will demonstrate the use of technology to plan, assess, and conduct classroom activities, and to make connections between technology and specific grade levels and disciplines. This course is to be taken in conjunction with Internship I and/or the content methods course. Students must be advised of the appropriate semester to take the course according to program requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.

4314 METHODS OF TEACHING CAREER DEVELOPMENT Discussion of middle school student characteristics and learning styles and the identification of sources of occupational information for prospective workforce education teachers of career orientation.

4361 DRIVER EDUCATION Preparation for secondary school teachers in driver education and training with a focus on the foundations of novice driver education. Lecture/discussion, interactive video, guest speakers, interactive presentations. This course will provide opportunities for the student to understand the nation’s roadways, the driving systems, learn basic maneuvers, make effective driving decisions, understand vehicle performance and maintenance, cope with highway and environmental factors, cooperate with other highway users, control failures in vehicle systems, and perform well at the wheel.

4362 ADVANCED DRIVER EDUCATION This course will expand the student’s understanding of driver’s education through pedagogical and practical application. Particular focus will be on the lesson planning and practical applications of driving skill, motor vehicle, and roadway systems, as well as the mitigation of risk. Prerequisite: EDUC 4361