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Education Courses

This is a listing of Education (EDUC) classes available at Bethany. These courses are included in the requirements for the Educational Studies, Elementary Education, and Special Education majors and other programs. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 28 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
EDUC100Education Foundation/Philosophy 3 credits
An overview of the field of education based on historical and current philosophical, psychological and sociological foundations of American public and private education from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, and the parents. Includes a field experience in a classroom. Students must attempt the MTLE Basic Skills battery (reading, writing, mathematics) to receive course credit.
EDUC210Linguistics for Professionals 1 credit
This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics-phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and the practical application of standard written and spoken English grammar. Its purpose is to build foundational knowledge regarding English language sounds and sound patterns, word and sentence structure and linguistic meaning that will help the student develop proficiency in using and teaching the language arts.
EDUC230Educational Psychology & Human Relations 3 credits
Provides an understanding of how learning occurs and the implications for instruction. Topics include the psychosocial developmental characteristics of the child; student variability and diversity; issues of prejudice and discrimination; multicultural education; group dynamics and positive social interaction. This course contains a field experience component and is a prerequisite for upper division Education courses.
EDUC315Teaching Health and Human Performance 3 credits
This course addresses the philosophy, objectives, curriculum, lesson planning, instructional methods, and evaluation for establishing and maintaining an effective school health and human performance program that promotes lifelong health and physical activity. Students will also learn how to teach the exceptional child. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC320Teaching Literacy and Communication 4 credits
This course studies the methods and materials and the interconnection among all literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, thinking and speaking. Strategies for teaching reading comprehension, word recognition, analysis skills, and vocabulary are emphasized. A component on the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of reading problems is included. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC321Teaching Literacy and Communication in Middle Level Classrooms 1 credit
This course studies the methods and materials for middle level literacy instruction as well as the interconnection among all literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, thinking and speaking. Strategies for teaching reading comprehension, word recognition, analysis skills, and vocabulary are emphasized.
EDUC325Children's Literature 3 credits
This course is a survey of fiction, biography, fantasy, folk tales, poetry, informational, and picture books for children from pre-kindergarten through middle school. Emphasis is placed on selections that consider the developmental needs of children. Students identify and critique books dealing with universal, cross-cultural, gender-fair, and special needs themes. Evaluating content in the light of Christian principles is an integral part of the course. Attention is also given to exploring ways in which children can be encouraged to respond to literature and story telling in teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.
EDUC340Teaching Social Studies 3 credits
This course is an overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of elementary social studies. Emphasis is on curriculum planning and content. Students will design materials, plan, and teach lessons using various social studies curricula and technology. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC341Teaching Social Studies in Middle Level Classrooms 1 credit
This course is an overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of middle school social studies. Emphasis is on curriculum planning and content. Students will design materials, plan and teach lessons using various social studies curricula and technology.
EDUC360Teaching Science 3 credits
An overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of science in the elementary and middle school curriculum. The focus is on the national science education standards and Minnesota standards. Technology will be used to enhance the teaching and learning of scientific knowledge and process. Students will explore, plan, and teach lessons using various science curricula. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC361Teaching Science in Middle Level Classrooms 1 credit
An overview of the methods, materials, and research related to the teaching of science in the middle school curriculum. The focus is on the national science education standards and Minnesota standards. Technology will be used to enhance the teaching and learning of scientific knowledge and process. Students will explore, plan, and teach lessons using various science curricula.
EDUC370Introduction to the Exceptional Learner 3 credits
This course provides an understanding of the exceptional learner and of the changing field of special education. Topics include special education categories and terminology reflecting current issues and laws; alternative program designs for meeting exceptional needs (mainstreaming, inclusion and integration); the IEP (individual education plan); assessments; parents' rights; the role of parents, classroom teacher, and special education personnel; the origin and nature of exceptionalities and instructional strategies; and differences in standards. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.
EDUC380Early Childhood Theory and Methods 4 credits
This course builds on the theoretical foundations of the young child's development; addresses the historical foundations for early childhood education; and explores the current methods, materials and research for planning, and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment for children from ages three through eight years of age. A clinical experience is taken concurrently with this course. Prerequisites: PSYC325 - Psychology of Child Development and EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations.
EDUC390Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3 credits
This course focuses on the strategies necessary for effective learning in the content areas of math, science, social studies, and the fine arts. Students will study reading assessments and literacy strategies that are designed to increase vocabulary learning and comprehension of expository text. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, and EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations.
EDUC400Teaching the Christian Faith 3 credits
This course addresses the spiritual needs of the child, focusing on the objectives, curriculum, lesson plans, and methodology for teaching Bible history, catechism, and hymnology. Emphasis is placed on the proper understanding, use, and application of Law and Gospel. This course includes a practicum and is required for teacher certification in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.
EDUC401Educational Technology and Media 2 credits
This course develops knowledge of both simple and complex media formats in the classroom. The course focuses on computer technology for lesson design and presentation, portfolio development, and classroom administration. Issues related to educational technology are addressed. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC425Fine Arts for Elementary Education 3 credits
This course uses interdisciplinary models, procedures, methods, materials, and techniques to integrate, teach, and develop an appreciation for art, movement, music, and drama. It is especially designed for the classroom teacher to be able to integrate the fine arts into the regular curriculum. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC430Teaching Mathematics 4 credits
This course introduces the philosophy, objectives, learning methods, and techniques for teaching mathematics in the elementary classroom. Emphasis is placed on applying learning theory to the teaching of mathematics. Students do lesson planning and material preparation based on NTCM and Minnesota Mathematics Standards. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC431Teaching Math in Middle Level Classrooms 1 credit
This course introduces the philosophy, objectives, learning methods, and techniques for teaching mathematics in the middle school. Emphasis is placed on applying learning theory to the teaching of mathematics. Students do lesson planning and material preparation based on NTCM and Minnesota Mathematics Standards.
EDUC450Curriculum Planning and Assessment 2 credits
This course provides the theoretical and practical foundation for curriculum design and management of instruction and for the use of formal and informal assessment strategies appropriate for evaluation and research. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major.
EDUC451Curriculum/Assessment for Middle Level Classrooms 2 credits
This course provides the theoretical and practical foundation for curriculum design and management of instruction and for the use of formal and informal assessment strategies appropriate for evaluation and research for middle level grades. This course is specific to middle level mathematics, communication arts/literature, science, and social studies. The purpose of this course is to assist the student in gaining insight into the way learning theory and educational philosophy impact curriculum design and assessment and how curriculum planning and assessment are integral to the teaching process for middle level classrooms.
EDUC455Classroom Management 1 credit
This course explores the school and classroom environment and the relationships among individuals that foster learning. Focus is on the practical aspects of classroom organization and management for establishing and maintaining a safe and productive classroom.
EDUC487Capstone 1 credit
This is the capstone course in which students are provided an opportunity for integrating the study of Scripture and faith with their discipline and across other disciplines in the context of today's world and the individual's future vocation. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the education major and completion of all coursework with the exception of student teaching. Corequisites: EDUC495 - Student Teaching I, EDUC497 - Student Teaching II, and EDUCTPA.
EDUC495Student Teaching I 12 credit
The teaching internships are a professional semester of full-time teaching experience in approved cooperating schools under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department faculty. Studio Art placements may be divided differently to accommodate elementary, middle, and high school experiences. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major and completion of all prior coursework, cleared criminal background check, and AED/First Aid/CPR adult and child certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Corequisites: EDUC487 - Capstone, EDUC497 - Student Teaching II, EDUCTPA
EDUC497Student Teaching II 4 credits
The teaching internships are a professional semester of full-time teaching experience in approved cooperating schools under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department faculty. Studio Art placements may be divided differently to accommodate elementary, middle, and high school experiences. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major and completion of all prior coursework, cleared criminal background check, and AED/First Aid/CPR adult and child certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Additional licensure fee required. Corequisites: EDUC487 - Capstone, EDUC497 - Student Teaching II, EDUCTPA.
EDUC499Educational Studies Internship andSeminar 12 credit
The educational studies internship is a professional semester of teaching-related experience in approved cooperating settings under the direct supervision of selected cooperating teachers and the Bethany Lutheran College Education department faculty.
EDUCPTFEducation Professional Portfolio 0 credits
Elementary and Secondary Licensure majors must register for this course their last semester on campus.
EDUCTPAEducation Teacher Performance Assessment 1 credit
Elementary and secondary licensure majors must submit the edTPA portfolio for scoring. Successful completion of the edTPA results in one pass/fail credit. Corequisites: EDUC486 - , EDUC495 - Student Teaching I, EDUC497 - Student Teaching II.

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