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Education Courses

ED 100 - Teaching as a Career 1 hr.

This course is designed to introduce prospective educators to the teaching profession and to explore the field of teaching as a career. Students will research state licensure requirements and examine career options. They will receive a current Teacher Education Policy and Programs Handbook, write a teaching philosophy, and interview a practicing licensed teacher.

ED 143 - Movement and Rhythm 1 hr.

This course covers methods of teaching basic dance routines and movement patterns in the educational environment. The impact of dance on growth and development of school-age children will be part of the presentations.

ED 180 - Concepts of Health 3 hrs.

This course fosters an understanding of conditions and situations that affect an individual’s health and well-being in order to provide the student with the skills needed to promote better personal and community health.

IS 199 - Diversity in Education 3 hrs. (Interterm course)

Diversity in Education is a required urban field experience practicum that provides prospective teachers with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a diverse school setting. Candidates will be assigned to a school in either Kansas City or Topeka. On-campus class sessions will be held in Baldwin. Self reflection will be an integral component of this interterm. During the course of the interterm, candidates will be expected to progress from a classroom observer to a functioning teacher’s aide. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 244, 320, at least conditional status and junior or senior status.

ED 240 - Techniques of Teaching Team Sports 3 hrs.

Students will gain knowledge of teaching techniques for team sports traditionally found in physical education curriculums. Rules of sport, strategy of team play, and individual skill performance are expectations of the course.

ED 241 - Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports 3 hrs.

This course provides students with the skills to teach individual and dual sport activities traditionally found in physical education curriculums. Rules of sport, strategy of play, and skill performance are expectations of the course.

ED 243 - Introduction to Education 2 hrs.

The course content includes instruction in the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education, as well as components of lesson design. Course emphasis is placed on the professional attitudes crucial for those working with young people: awareness of the value of education, respect for all students, acceptance of diversity and its impact on learning, and an awareness of the teacher's role as facilitator of student learning. At-risk students are researched and group presentations cover approaches for successful experiences for these students. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 100, or ED 100 co-requisite for sophomore status and transfer students.

ED 244 - Education Field Practicum 1 hr.

This one-hour practicum is designed to provide students with an initial classroom experience. After being assigned a mentor teacher, students will observe and assist in various areas whenever appropriate, lead small group learning and tutoring sessions, and possibly facilitate the implementation of an accommodation with students as needed. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and sophomore status. P/NC

ED 252 - Practicum Experience in Health 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide health/physical education teaching majors the opportunity to collaborate and engage in various health education settings outside of the K-12 school setting. The student will devote a minimum of 20 hours of experience for this class. The student will work with an advisor and establish objectives for the experience, maintain a time log with specific activities involved, and prepare a summarizing statement of the total experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and department chair approval. P/NC

ED 262 - Adolescent and Children’s Literature 3 hrs.

This course emphasizes the reading, evaluation, and presentation of literature appropriate for elementary and middle level learners. The class will explore various literary genres through the reading of authentic children’s books, poetry collections, picture books, and novels. Specific topics of study include: the history of children’s literature, diversity of characters, settings, plots, themes, and cultures, and prominent authors and illustrators. A variety of literary presentation and teaching methods will be explored. This course does not count toward the major in English. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243. (Cross-listed as EN 262.)

ED 264 - Foundations of Classroom Management 1 hr.

This course is an introduction to the theory and application of management techniques that provide the basis for an effective, efficient, and positive classroom climate. Techniques that result in effective use of time, efficient use of materials and improved student behavior are identified and practiced. Emphasis is placed on the importance of classroom dynamics in creating a proactive approach to classroom management. Students will create a comprehensive classroom management plan. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 265 - Technology for Teachers 1 hr.

This course will feature inquiry-based constructivist activities which stress collaboration and the creation of authentic and useful classroom products. The activities will focus on two concepts: 1) technology skills that all educators should possess to enhance instruction in the classroom, and 2) activities for students to complete that will increase meaningful learning. The instructional uses of the internet, word processing, desktop publishing, digital photography, and presentation software will be components of this course. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 309 - Evaluation Techniques for the Classroom 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the decision-making skills practiced by teachers in developing effective classroom assessments. Candidates will explore the processes, as well as the products of assessment, as they utilize information gathered at the diagnostic, formative, and summative phases of assessment to guide instruction. The strengths and weaknesses of both formal and informal assessment techniques will be examined. Candidates will develop tests and alternative assessment projects for students with varying abilities and learning styles. Rubrics that inform students of expected criteria and quality levels will be developed. Candidates will examine online programs used for creating formative tests that align with state standards. Participants will acquire fundamental statistical concepts to interpret standardized test results for use in a videotaped simulated parent-teacher conference. A computerized grade book program is examined. In addition, tenure/contract laws and case law dealing with schools are discussed. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 311 - Fundamentals of Teaching English Language Learners 1 hr.

This course will explore techniques and strategies to effectively teach content subjects to non-native speakers of the English language. An emphasis will be placed on educational practices that promote cross-cultural awareness, language development, and academic progress for all learners, with a specific focus on the challenges and influences of teaching English Language Learners. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 320 - Education Field Service Practicum I 1 hr.

This one-hour practicum course provides the means for teacher education candidates to satisfy twenty clock hours of required classroom experience. Candidates will take on an increasingly sophisticated level of field service responsibilities with an assigned mentor teacher. Students will be expected to assist the mentor teacher when appropriate, lead small-group learning and tutoring sessions, and expand their current knowledge base in the areas of classroom management and intervention strategies. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and 244. P/NC

ED 321 - Education Field Service Practicum II 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide students continued classroom experience. After being assigned a different mentor teacher than in ED 320, students will assist in various areas whenever appropriate, lead small group learning and tutoring sessions, and possibly facilitate the implementation of adaptations with students as needed. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 320. P/NC

ED 322 - Education Field Service Practicum III 1 hr.

This one-hour practicum is designed to provide students with a specialized classroom experience tailored to meet their individualized needs. Students will meet with the PDS Coordinator to devise a course of study that best addresses the student’s needs and the relevant course objectives. Prerequisites: ED 243, 320, 321 and department recommendation. P/NC

ED 331 - Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics 3 hrs.

This course examines the methods, materials, and activities that are appropriate for use in grades K-8 mathematics programs. Students will explore their own attitudes toward mathematics, plan lessons with problem solving as the primary focus, and work with school-aged pupils. The course is based on national and state mathematics standards. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243, MA 262, or Department Chair approval.

ED 339 - Methods of Teaching Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.

This course is a study of the principles related to the selection and use of teaching techniques for physical education and health programs in the pre K-12 schools. This includes the understanding of the values of physical activity for healthy lifestyles, the comprehension of the historical perspectives for the evolvement of elementary, middle, and secondary school physical education and health curriculum, current trends in health and physical education instruction, student learning styles and the assessment of student learning. The course will include the creation of lesson plans, unit plans and measurement techniques along with effective teaching skills. The course will also include a field experience component in all three levels of classroom instruction. Prerequisite: ED 180, ED 240, ED 241 or permission of the instructor

ED 342 - Language and Communication Arts in the Middle Grades 3 hrs.

This course is an in-depth study of content and methods needed for the teacher in the middle level English language arts classroom. Language and communication skills, as they relate to reading, writing, listening, and speaking are examined. Current research in best pedagogical practices in the middle school classroom are considered and demonstrated through lesson planning and presentation. Additional emphases in this course include understanding developmentally appropriate practice for the adolescent learner, knowing and applying national and state standards in curriculum planning, creating a motivating classroom environment, using technology in the language arts classroom, assessing middle level students and their work; considering the needs of diverse and special-needs learners, and becoming a reflective practitioner. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 343 - Educational Psychology 3 hrs.

This course investigates many psychological factors that impact learning. Students will investigate a number of the leading theories that relate to student learning and development. Other areas investigated include: learner engagement, multiple intelligences, constructivism, managing the classroom environment, meaningful instruction, information processing, motivation and diversity of students, as well as teacher dispositions. Students will examine the psychological aspects of becoming a professional in a classroom which involve: a commitment to learners, reflective decision-making and professional knowledge. Prerequisites: successful completion of PY 111, ED 100 and 243.

ED 345 - Psychology of the Exceptional Learner 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of special education and a basic understanding of special education law, current policies, and best practices, including technology applications specifically designed to accommodate students with special needs. Students learn about the etiology, identification, and characteristics of the major disabilities recognized under special education legislation and about students with high cognitive ability. Emphasis is placed on classroom management and teacher decision-making, as well as the professional attitudes and responsibilities related to providing inclusive educational practices. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243 or department chair approval.

ED 348 - Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Science 3 hrs.

This course examines the methods, materials, and activities that are appropriate for use in elementary and middle school science programs. These methods, materials, and activities serve as the point of departure for the study of the scientific concepts and principles that one must possess in order to teach science effectively at these levels. Weekly hands-on lab experiences are an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and HP 245. (Prior successful completion of PY 243 is highly recommended.)

ED 352 - Essentials of Reading 3 hrs.

This course is a study of the theory and practice of teaching reading and language arts in the elementary and middle schools. Special focuses of the course will center on the five components of effective reading instruction, which include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary learning, comprehension, and fluency. Students must enroll concurrently in ED 354. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 262 and 366; co-requisite: ED 354.

ED 354 - Essentials of Reading Supervised Practicum 3 hrs.

The student has the opportunity to apply what is learned in ED 352 during this supervised practicum in the elementary and middle schools. Students write lessons plans and teach those plans twice a week during the semester. Students will work with public school children in grades 1-6 for three to four sessions per grade level. Students must enroll concurrently in ED 352. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, and 366; co-requisite: ED 352.

ED 363 - Elementary School Social Studies 3 hrs.

This course provides an examination of the content, materials, and activities appropriate for an elementary school social studies program. Emphasis is given to the contributions of women and minorities, and lesson plans are created based on the Kansas State Standards for Social Studies. Citizenship and democratic values are main themes, as well as student diversity. The integrated study of history, geography, economics, and civics/government is investigated, while focusing on instructional strategies that promote critical thinking and preparation for active citizenship. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 100, 243, and one supporting course from any two of the following areas: conomics; geography; USA, KS, or world history; American politics or government.

ED 366 - Teaching Elementary Language Arts in the Content Areas

This course is the study of the development of language from early childhood through adolescence. Focus is on the interrelationship of a child's listening, speaking, reading, and writing and their content area learning. Emphases are placed on theories of language development, as well as effective classroom strategies for the teaching of the language arts. The course serves as a foundation and prerequisite for the courses ED 352 Essentials of Reading and ED 354 Essentials of Reading Supervised Practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 368 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the importance and variety of reading strategies and techniques useful in the teaching of the various subject areas. Another important component of this course is the study of effective teaching techniques. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243.

ED 381 - Integrating Music in the Elementary Classroom 1 hr.

Music can play a valuable role in the learning of virtually all subjects taught in the elementary schools. This course demonstrates how music can be used with other curricular and classroom activities to enhance and enrich the learning of all subjects. Participants will use activities in music to enhance learning through the interrelationship of disciplines, encourage communication, gain a better understanding of diverse backgrounds, promote critical thinking skills and encourage creativity. Pre-service teachers will develop competencies, skills and confidence to use music effectively in the elementary classroom setting. Emphasis in this course is on preparing and presenting lessons that provide opportunities for integrating music to support elementary classroom learning. Prerequisites: ED 100 and 243; supporting coursework: QS 111 and QS 112 or MU 120 or comparable music course (as approved by instructor). 

ED 382 - Elementary and Middle Level Art 1 hr.

This course will assist the elementary and middle school teacher in designing, implementing and evaluating art education experiences. Content experiences will enhance and reinforce the teaching and learning of core curriculum content and concepts. These experiences will also include the understanding of the value of the impact of art on defining cultures, preserving history, promoting relationships, and personal well-being. Emphasis is on activities and information relevant to the non-art education teacher. Prerequisites: ED 100, 243, AE 110 or comparable art course (can be co-requisite) or QS 111 and 112.

ED 383 - Elementary and Middle Level Physical Education and Health 1 hr.

This course will assist the elementary and middle school teacher in designing, implementing and evaluating physical education and health experiences. Content experiences will enhance and reinforce the teaching and learning of core curriculum content and concepts. These experiences will also include the understanding of the value of the impact of brain function and physical exercise on the academic learning. Intertwined will be how the use of physical activity can promote relationships and personal well-being. Emphasis is on activities and information relevant to the non-physical education teacher. Prerequisites: ED 100 and ED 243.

ED 409 - Teaching Middle Level Learners 3 hrs.

This course presents an overview of educating the middle school/junior high school learner. The unique characteristics of a young adolescent student are considered, with special emphases on curriculum theories, instructional planning, effective pedagogical practices, classroom management techniques, and motivational strategies. Additionally, the course will also focus on the historical and philosophical foundations of the middle and junior high school models of education. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100 and 243; junior or senior status recommended.

ED 410 - Methods for Teaching Secondary School Science 3 hrs.

This course is designed to develop instructional skills of secondary science teachers. The course will involve many science-related areas including planning, delivering, and evaluating lessons and laboratory experiments based on secondary science curriculum and teaching standards, Candidates will create a list of and use effective teaching strategies and develop technology applications and problem solving skills for the classroom. In additions, candidates will complete purchase order forms, develop student assessments and rubrics, and create student behavior plans and learning modifications for the secondary classroom. Candidates will discuss appropriate approaches to teaching diverse and special needs students and communicating with parents about sensitive issues. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and 244; junior status recommended.

ED 412 - Methods for Teaching Secondary School Mathematics 3 hrs.

This course is designed to develop instructional skills of secondary mathematics teachers. The course will involve many mathematics-related areas including planning, delivering, and evaluating lessons based on secondary math curriculum and teaching standards. Candidates will create a list of and use effective teaching strategies and develop technology applications and problem solving skills for the classroom. In addition, candidates will complete purchase order forms, develop student assessments and rubrics, and create student behavior plans and learning modifications for the secondary classroom. Candidates will discuss appropriate approaches to teaching diverse and special needs students and communicating with parents about sensitive issues. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and 244; junior status recommended.

ED 413 - Methods for Teaching Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

This course investigates instructional methods and strategies for teaching the adaptive learner. Focused attention is given to the research-based interventions suggested by the 2000 National Reading Panel, Learning Disabilities Association, International dyslexia Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. The course will discuss the selection of materials, planning instructional environments, strategies for providing corrective feedback, and strategies for communicating effectively with parents, school personnel, and community agencies. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, and 345.

ED 414 - Characteristics of Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

This course will cover a broad range of competencies in teaching the adaptive learner including definitions, characteristics, legal and ethical concerns, and causes. Instructional models, procedures for assessment and placement, approaches to teaching, and parent and family issues will be addressed. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, and 345.

ED 415 - Practicum for Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

This off-campus practicum experience is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work with special needs students. Candidates will be assigned to experienced teachers who teach adaptive learners. During the course, candidates will be expected to progress from classroom observers to functioning teacher aides conducting supervised formative and summative assessments, and behavioral observations. In seminar discussions students will discuss how to interpret the data and make instructional decisions. This course is open to students who desire a special education field of concentration. This is a graded course. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 345 and either 413 or 414.

ED 416 - Methods for Teaching Secondary School Psychology 3 hrs.

This course is designed to develop instructional skills of secondary psychology teachers. The course will involve many psychology-related areas including planning, delivering, and evaluating lessons based on secondary psychology curriculum and teaching standards. Candidates will create a list of and use effective teaching strategies and develop technology applications and problem solving skills for the classroom. In addition, candidates will complete purchase order forms, develop student assessments and rubrics, and create student behavior plans and learning modifications for the secondary classroom. Candidates will discuss appropriate approaches to teaching diverse and special needs students and communicating with parents about sensitive issues. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243 and 244; junior status recommended.

ED 440 - Pre-Student Teaching Seminar for Elementary Majors 3 hrs.

This course includes the study of the principles, practices, and instructional strategies applicable to elementary and middle school teaching. The course is organized around the following framework: reflecting on teaching, real life in a school system, real life in a classroom, getting a job, and focusing on technology. Meaningful learning activities are required in each area. Emphasis is placed on enabling participants to enhance the probability of learning for all pupils, regardless of their diverse backgrounds, learning styles, intelligences, or exceptionalities. Candidates present their developmental portfolios for approval during this course. A major component of this course will be a discussion of the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP). Prerequisite: This course is open only to those students who are on schedule to student teach the following semester.

ED 450 - Student Teaching in the Elementary or Middle School 6-12 hrs.

During this cumulative field experience, teacher education candidates plan and teach lessons and units, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies to motivate students with different learning styles. In addition, candidates create and evaluate multiple assessments and assess their impact on student learning. Candidates are expected to exhibit the values and ethics of a professional educator, take part in conferences, and assist in a variety of class activities. A major component of this class will be the creation of the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP). Elementary candidates participate in teaching and related responsibilities throughout the entire day for a period of fifteen weeks. Candidates earning PK-12 licensure split the student teaching experience and earn six hours of credit in ED 450 and six hours in ED 470. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 440 or ED 460 and approval by the Undergraduate Teacher Education Committee.

ED 460 - Pre-Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary and/or Middle Level Majors 3 hrs.

This course includes the study of the principles, practices, and instructional strategies applicable to secondary and middle school teaching. This course is organized around the following framework: reflecting on teaching, real life in a school system, real life in a classroom, getting a job, focusing on technology, and focusing on classroom management techniques appropriate for the secondary or middle school classroom. Meaningful learning activities are required in each area. Emphasis is placed on enabling participants to enhance the probability of learning for all pupils, regardless of their diverse backgrounds, learning styles, intelligences, or exceptionalities. Candidates present their developmental portfolios for approval during this course. A major component of this class will be a discussion of the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP). Prerequisite: This course is open only to those students who are on schedule to student teach the following semester.

ED 462 - Education Orientation Internship 1 hr.

This internship gives the student a firsthand look at the beginning of a school year in an elementary, middle, or secondary school. Students choose a teacher and spend the equivalent of one full week observing and helping. This week includes in-service days plus the first days the children attend school. This course should be taken during the academic year in which the student plans to enroll in the professional semester. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 100 and 243 and senior status.

ED 470 - Student Teaching at the Secondary and/or Middle Level 6-12 hrs.

During this cumulative field experience, teacher education candidates plan and teach lessons and units, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies to motivate students with different learning styles. In addition, candidates create and evaluate multiple assessments and assess their impact on student learning. Candidates are expected to exhibit the values and ethics of a professional educator, take part in conferences, and assist in a variety of in-class and extraclass activities. A major component of this class will be the creation of the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP). Secondary school candidates participate in teaching and related responsibilities throughout the entire day for a period of fifteen weeks. Candidates earning PK-12 licensure split the student teaching experience and earn six credits in ED 450 and six credits in ED 470. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 460 and approval by the Undergraduate Teacher Education Committee.

ED 480 - Student Teaching at the Middle Level 12 hrs.

During this cumulative field experience, teacher education candidates plan and teach lessons and units, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies to motivate students with different learning styles. In addition, candidates create and evaluate multiple assessments and assess their impact on student learning. Candidates are expected to exhibit the values and ethics of a professional educator, take part in conferences, and assist in a variety of in-class and extraclass activities. A major component of this class will be the creation of the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP). Middle level candidates participate in teaching and related responsibilities throughout the entire day for a period of fifteen weeks. Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 460 and approval by the Undergraduate Teacher Education Committee.

ED 513 - Methods for Teaching Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

For select students, ED 413 Methods for Teaching Adaptive Learners is offered for graduate-level credit (see description for ED 413). Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 345, at least a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., and department chair approval.

ED 514 - Characteristics of Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

For select students, ED 414 Characteristics of Adaptive Learners is offered for graduate-level credit (see description for ED 414). Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 345, at least a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., and department chair approval.

ED 515 - Practicum for Adaptive Learners 3 hrs.

For select students, ED 415 Practicum for Adaptive Learners is offered for graduate-level credit (see description for ED 415). Prerequisites: successful completion of ED 100, 243, 345, either 513 or 514, at least a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., and department chair approval.