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EDUC1100 Introduction to Education (1)

Exploration of the rewards and challenges of the teaching profession. Course includes discussion of current issues in education, a preview of the NNU education program, insights from enthusiastic educators and a 25-hour field experience at the grade level of the student's interest.

EDUC1125 Foundations of Teaching (3)

This course is to help the candidate understand the historical, social, political and philosophical foundations of the American educational system. Classical works on education will be reviewed along with current and emerging ideas related to teaching. Other issues will be explored to examine present and potential future impact on learning. A 30 hour field experience at the grade level of the candidate's interest.

EDUC2005 Orientation: APP Education (0)

This required, non-graded course gives candidates an overview of the Adult and Professional Programs in Elementary Education, as well as the policies and procedures of the education department. The orientation introduces new students to NNU software necessary for program completion as well as scheduling and requirements of the program. Grade of Pass/Fail. Fee: $150 for Taskstream Account. Fees: Additional fee required.

EDUC2110 Educational Psychology (3)

A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. (See PSYC2110) Prerequisites: EDUC1100, or instructor's permission

EDUC2250 Cultural Diversity in Education (2)

A reflective exploration of race, privilege, and changing demographics in communities and schools. Includes a focus on common beliefs held by teachers that may affect the achievement gap between white and minority students. Culturally relevant teaching practices will be developed to enhance learning opportunities for students of color. Course includes a 10 hour field experience. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross Cultural Experience if taken with EDUC2250CC Intercultural Lab 2. Can be substituted by SOGY1015 Exploring Cultural Anthropology. Prerequisites: EDUC1100

EDUC2555 Innovative Instruction (3)

This course is designed to support candidates by increasing their knowledge of innovative strategies. Utilizing the H.A.C.K. Model of Innovative Instruction developed by The NNU DoceĊ Center, and ISTE NETS teacher standards, this course will explore global educational practices, pushing educators to move instruction from a highly structured setting to a more student-centered environment where students take ownership and personalize their learning.

EDUC2960 Introduction to Instructional Design (1)

An overview of lesson planning and domains of teaching. During a 30 hour field experience students will teach and assist in a classroom. May be taken same semester as EDUC1100.

EDUC3005 Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)

Lab-oriented exploration of mathematical concepts to provide understanding of basic mathematical structures and strategies for the elementary teacher. Course includes a 10 hour field experience to observe and teach conceptual math strategies in an elementary classroom.

EDUC3155 Education of Exceptional Children (3)

A survey of the characteristics and educational needs of students with learning challenges and those identified as gifted. Course emphasizes causes, incidence, and implications of disabilities and practical strategies for assisting all students to succeed in the regular classroom. Also included is information on special education law and individual educational plans as they apply to general education teachers. A 15 hour field experience is included.

EDUC3165 Learning and the Brain (3)

A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. Examines accepted theories and current research in learning behavior and explores the unique styles of learning and recent studies in brain function and behavior as they relate to the learning process.

EDUC3245 Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms (3)

An in-depth study of classroom management principles and practices for elementary teachers. Focus is on equipping future teachers with knowledge and skills for effectively managing a classroom. Course explores motivation, classroom environment, minimizing management problems through proactive strategies, and systematically modifying inappropriate behavior.

EDUC3255 Fundamentals of Reading (3)

An in-depth study of essential components necessary for developing literacy capabilities of elementary children. Focus includes research-based practices to develop word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Course includes a 25-hour field experience in an elementary classroom during which the candidate observes the set up and administration of a reading program and participates in reading instruction. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

EDUC3265 Content Literacy in K-8 Classrooms (3)

An exploration of principles and strategies for helping elementary students acquire reading and writing skills essential for effective learning in subject areas. Emphasis is on helping future teachers design instruction that develops vocabulary concepts, enhances comprehension, and addresses the varying backgrounds and needs of elementary and middle school students as they interact with text. Course includes a 25 hour field experience providing opportunities for students to teach lessons related to their middle school content areas. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. Prerequisites: Program admission.

EDUC3315 Teaching English Language Learners (1)

Exploration of the unique cultural values of children and families whose primary language is not English and study of teaching strategies for helping all students to succeed. Course includes a 15 hour multicultural field experience. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross Cultural Experience if taken with EDUC3315CC Intercultural Lab 2. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval, Program admission.

EDUC4435 Teaching the Whole Child (1)

An exploration of research findings and classroom strategies for incorporating movement and the arts into the elementary curriculum for increased development and learning in children. Focus includes physical education, music, art, and drama. Also included is a study of the impact of these areas on brain development, motivation, and academic performance in all students, including those who may struggle in school.

EDUC4465 Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)

An examination and application of research-based practices for using assessment to guide instruction in literacy. Included is a field experience in which the candidate diagnoses literacy needs of a struggling reader and designs and delivers interventions to support that elementary student's literacy development. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. Course includes a 25 hour field experience.

EDUC4545 Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)

A course of integrated study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school social studies and language arts. Candidates design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips candidates for the student teaching experience. This course meets part of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. Prerequisites: Program admission. Corequisites: EDUC4555

EDUC4555 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)

A study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school science and mathematics. Candidates design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips candidates for the student teaching experience. Prerequisites: Program admission.

EDUC4815 Elementary School Start-Up (1)

A fall field experience to acquaint the intern with practices for beginning the school year in an elementary school. Candidates attend opening faculty meetings in the school and observe and assist the teacher during the first week of school. Materials and instructions for this course must be secured from the director of student teaching three months in advance of the opening of school. Prerequisites: EDUC4545, EDUC4555, Approval for student teaching, Program admission.

EDUC4865 Student Teaching in Middle/Junior High School (11)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching by Adult and Professional Education students, conducted under the supervision or mentoring of a middle school/junior high school teacher and NNU supervisor. Weekly seminars are a part of this program. Candidates participating in fall student teaching should plan to report to their assigned school the first day that the teachers report. Candidates participating in spring student teaching will need to complete a "school startup" experience in the fall before their student teaching. If possible, this start-up experience should be with their cooperating teacher. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Program admission.

EDUC4905 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools (11)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching by Adult and Professional Education candidates, conducted under the supervision or mentoring of an elementary school teacher and NNU supervisors. Weekly seminars are a part of this experience. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Program admission. Corequisites: EDUC4955

EDUC4955 Seminar/Capstone (1)

Weekly reflection and discussion about changes in thinking and professional practice resulting from growth in teaching competency as it intersects with growth in the four university outcomes. Corequisites: , EDUC4905