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 TOPICS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING This course examines social justice issues central to teaching and learning across all educational contexts. Students will consider topics in education such as race, poverty, social class, LGBTQ youth and colleagues, socially responsive teaching, and at-risk youth as they intersect with K-12 educational settings. Course outcomes include participation in collaborative inquiry, the development of dialogue journals, and the creation of a digital portfolio. These educational expressions will combine to document some of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for social justice in educational contexts learned throughout the course. [ UD UCA Core: R ]

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 & 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.