Education

Courses

EDUC1100: Introduction to Education

Credits 1
Exploration of the rewards and challenges of the teaching profession. Course includes discussion of current issues in education, an overview of the NNU education program, insights from enthusiastic educators, and a 25-hour field experience at the grade level/content area of the candidate's interest.

EDUC2094: Special Topics in Education

Credits 1 4
An opportunity to study current issues in the field of education. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

EDUC2110: Educational Psychology

Credits 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. May be taken in the same semester as EDUC1100. (See PSYC2110.)

Prerequisites

EDUC1100, or instructor's approval.

EDUC2250: Cultural Diversity in Education

Credits 2
A reflective exploration of race, socio-economic, 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 Cultural Competency (CC) requirement.
Prerequisite Courses

EDUC2260: Introduction to the Science of Reading

Credits 3

Exploration of the Science of Reading - how does the brain acquire literacy? Candidates study the current body of knowledge exploring the major components of literacy, research findings on the developmental processes involved in literacy, and the normal development of literacy over time. Major topics include the cognitive processes of learning to read and write, Scarborough’s Reading Rope, The Simple View of Reading, and how to approach emerging research.

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC2550: Innovative Instruction

Credits 3
This course is designed to support future instructors by increasing their knowledge of innovative strategies in education to facilitate growth in student learning. Utilizing models of innovative instruction 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.
Prerequisite Courses

EDUC2960: Introduction to Instructional Design

Credits 1

An overview of lesson planning and domains of teaching. During a 30-hour field experience, candidates will design and teach at least one lesson in a classroom. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisite Courses

EDUC3000: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics K-2

Credits 3

A hands-on exploration of mathematical concepts, using evidence-based practices to provide a basic understanding of teaching mathematical structures and strategies for conceptual understanding in the elementary classroom. Course includes a 10-hour field experience.

Prerequisites

MATH2010, MATH2020 (or may be taken during the same semester as EDUC3000). Program admission required.

EDUC3010: Teaching English in Secondary Schools

Credits 3

Strategies for teaching literature, grammar, writing and other communication skills necessary to effectively teach secondary English. Emphasis will be placed on teaching strategies to correspond with ELA standards and unit planning at a secondary level. Field Experience: 20-40 hours. (See ENGL3010.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, program admission required.

EDUC3090: Pedagogy of Writing in 6-12 Schools

Credits 3

An examination and application of research-based methodologies for teaching the writing process. Candidates learn how to incorporate the writing process across all content areas. Focus is on creating authentic writing opportunities that encompass a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Coursework requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. (See ENGL3090.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, program admission required.

EDUC3130: Teaching Computer Science in Secondary Schools

Credits 3

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to assist and teach a minimum of 20 hours. (See COMP3130.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

EDUC3150: Education of Exceptional Children

Credits 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.
Prerequisites
Program admission required.

EDUC3240: Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms

Credits 3
An in-depth study of classroom management principles and practices for K-8 teachers. Focus is on equipping candidates 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.
Prerequisites
Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3250: Fundamentals of Literacy

Credits 3

An in-depth study of evidence-based practices for reading instruction in an elementary classroom. This course provides an overview of each of the “Big 5” of literacy (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) with a special emphasis on early literacy. A 20-hour reading practicum is included during which the candidate observes the set up and administration of a reading program and participates in reading instruction. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3260: Literacy for Learning

Credits 3

An exploration of principles and strategies for helping K-8 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. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC3270: Language Acquisition for Early Literacy

Credits 3

An in depth study of the early cognitive processes of learning to read and write. Candidates study how oral language is acquired and developed. Other topics include the stages of reading and writing development, resources for early literacy development, and the home-school connection for early literacy. Focus is on the earliest development of language from birth to school age and how that impacts the work of schools.

Prerequisites

Junior classification and program admission required.

EDUC3280: Laws, Issues, and Advocacy in Literacy

Credits 3

A course exploring the current trends in literacy. Course is updated regularly based on legislation changes. Current topics include the SOR, political trends and their connection to instruction, and current Idaho law. Candidates learn to discern best practices based on current research and advocacy skills for implementing those practices on the behalf of students.

Prerequisites

Junior classification and program admission required.

EDUC3310: Teaching English Language Learners

Credits 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 10-hour multicultural field experience. Fulfills a General Education Cultural Competency (CC) requirement.

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC3330: Teaching Art in K-8 Schools

Credits 3

Introduces elementary education majors to theoretical and practical experiences necessary for incorporating a discipline-based art education program into the elementary and middle school curriculum. This course includes a 10-hour field experience. (See ARDE3330.)

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC3340: Teaching Music in Elementary Schools

Credits 2

Study in the application of the principles, procedures, and objectives in school music in the primary and intermediate grades. Special emphasis is given to the basic elements of music and creativity as found in Orff and Kodaly as well as folk music of various cultures and traditions. (See MUSC3450, MUSC3460.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, program admission required.

EDUC3350: Teaching Health in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

Course is designed to provide knowledge in three divisions of health education: healthful living, school health services, and health education. Topics include recognition of health issues of children and adolescents (K-12) with opportunity to develop competencies in handling methods and teaching techniques. Includes a 20-hour field experience. (See KINE3350)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

EDUC3380: Teaching Physical Education in K-8 Schools

Credits 2

This course introduces candidates to the basic principles of physical education for children in grades kindergarten through eight. Emphasis will be placed on the development of systematic physical education programming. Candidates will participate in a 10-hour field experience. (See KINE3380.)

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC3410: English Language Learners and Content Literacy in Secondary Classrooms

Credits 3
This course prepares teacher candidates to demonstrate competency in comprehensive literacy skills and knowledge congruent with research on best literacy practices in adolescent literacy and with English Language Learners. The course focuses on principles and strategies for helping all students access content-specific materials and vocabulary presented in secondary classrooms. Candidates design lessons that promote content literacy and make content comprehensive for diverse learners. A 15-hour multicultural field experience provides candidates with the opportunity to apply strategies in a setting reflecting diverse student needs. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education and fulfills a General Education Cultural Competency (CC) requirement.
Prerequisites
Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3510: Teaching Methods in Secondary Classrooms

Credits 3

An investigation of teaching methods and techniques appropriate for the secondary school classroom. Theoretical principles upon which teaching strategies are based and the principles of classroom management will be considered. Lesson and unit planning with standards alignment and assessment development are included.

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

Methods courses in endorsement area or first and second teaching endorsements. Exempt - music education majors who do not have a second teaching endorsement.

EDUC3750

EDUC3530: Teaching Art in Secondary Schools

Credits 3

An examination of pragmatic techniques and philosophical approaches necessary to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive discipline-based art education program at the secondary school level. Additionally, both historical and contemporary art education issues are examined, discussed, and evaluated. Field experience: 20-40 hours. (See ARDE3530.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

EDUC3570: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

This course explores strategies for teaching math in secondary schools. A major focus of the class will be moving secondary students through enactive, iconic, and symbolic representation for concepts in the five major areas of math: algebra, functions, geometry, statistics/probability, and number/quantity. Other topics will include standards alignment, technology integration, and assessment. Field experience: 20-40 hours. (See MATH3570.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, program admission required.

EDUC3580: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Field experience: 20-40 hours. (See HIST3580.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3630: Teaching World Language in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to assist and teach a minimum of 20 hours. (See SPAN3630.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

EDUC3640: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Field experience: 20-40 hours. (See BIOL3640.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3670: Teaching Psychology in Secondary Schools

Credits 2

Course topics include strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, and curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to assist and teach for a minimum of 20 hours. (See PSYC3670.)

Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

EDUC3750: Classroom Management in Secondary Schools

Credits 2
The focus of this course is on equipping future teachers with knowledge and skills for effectively managing a classroom. This course will present specific classroom strategies for managing secondary classroom behavior in proactive and positive ways. Topics include vision, organization, expectations, rules and consequences, motivation, preparation and launch, implementation, and proactive planning for chronic misbehavior.
Prerequisites
Junior classification, Program admission required.
Corequisites
Methods courses in teaching area or fields; EDUC3510. (Music Education majors exempt from EDUC3510.)

EDUC3920: Foundations of Education

Credits 2
Exploration of the historical, philosophical, social, and legal foundations of the teaching profession. Purposes and challenges of education will be addressed in relationship to today's changing world.
Prerequisites
Program admission required.

EDUC3960: Field Experience

Credits 1
An additional 30-hour field experience consisting of classroom observation and participation in lesson preparation and classroom presentations. Candidate assignments will be based on previous experience and individual needs. This course should not be taken the same semester as enrollment in EDUC2960, EDUC3150, EDUC3250 or EDUC3260. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites
EDUC1100, EDUC2960, or instructor's approval.

EDUC4440: Elementary Internship

Credits 3

Initial teaching experiences in full-day participation in an elementary classroom. Emphasis is on learning classroom routines, establishing classroom environment and rapport with students, and participating as a team member with a cooperating teacher and school staff. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Approval for intern year. Senior classification.

Corequisite Courses

EDUC4450: Elementary Student Teaching

Credits 11

A continuation of full-day participation in an elementary classroom. Interns assume increased responsibility for standard-based instruction in all areas of the curriculum, including implementation of a content area unit of study. Interns experience immersion in all aspects of the elementary school setting, including instructional decision-making, accommodations for diverse learners, student assessment, classroom management, and professional development opportunities. The semester culminates with interns assuming full responsibility for the classroom. Weekly seminars are part of this experience. Fee: Additional fee required.

Corequisites

EDUC4460: Data Driven Literacy: Assessment, Intervention, and Diverse Literacy Profiles

Credits 3

An examination and application of evidence-based practices used for the assessment and intervention cycle to guide instruction in literacy. A 12-15-hour practicum is included in which candidates administer a battery of assessments, analyze data, diagnose the literacy needs of a struggling reader, set individual student goals, design and deliver a sequence of intervention lessons, and reassess for student learning. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

Prerequisites

Approval for intern year. Senior classification.

Corequisite Courses

EDUC4510: Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies and Science

Credits 3

An integrated study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school social studies and science including
research-based methodologies for teaching the writing process across subject areas. Teacher candidates design instruction
to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to
monitor student progress. Course includes emphasis on creating authentic writing opportunities and inquiry science
lessons that encompass a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom
environment, instruction, and professionalism equips teacher candidates for the student teaching experience.

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC4520: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Credits 3

An integrated study of teaching mathematics conceptually in the elementary and middle school classrooms specifically grades 3-8. Teacher candidates design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. Course includes emphasis on creating authentic math opportunities that encompass a range of hands-on tasks, purposes, and audiences. A focus on unit and lesson planning, inquiry process, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips teacher candidates for the student teaching experience.

Prerequisites

Program admission required.

EDUC4530: Early Literacy Methods

Credits 3

An in depth study of the structured literacy approach in primary classrooms. Focus is on preventative foundations that scaffold literacy learning throughout school. Best practices in phonological and phonemic awareness, oral language development, and phonics are specifically rehearsed in a required 20-hour field experience in a K-1 classroom. Candidates explore the use of diagnostic literacy assessments to support early identification and intervention for struggling readers.

Prerequisites

Junior classification, program admission required.

EDUC4540: Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom

Credits 4

An integrated study of teaching methodology which encompasses 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 a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

Prerequisites

Department approval, Program admission required.

EDUC4550: Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms

Credits 4

A study of teaching evidence-based 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 for conceptual and procedural understanding, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips candidates for the student teaching experience.

Prerequisites

Department approval, Program admission required.

EDUC4590: Pedagogy of Writing in K-8 Schools

Credits 3

An examination and application of research-based methodologies for teaching the writing process. Candidates learn how to incorporate the writing process across all content areas. Focus is on creating authentic writing opportunities that encompass a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. This course meets a portion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. 

Corequisite Courses

EDUC4771: Philosophy of Christian Education

Credits 1
Introductory examination of the nature and function of belief structures and how these belief structures impact the way one teaches in Christian schools. This course will include consideration and development of one's worldview.

EDUC4810: Elementary School Start-Up

Credits 1

A fall field experience to acquaint the intern with practices for beginning the school year in an elementary school. Interns 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 prior to the opening of school. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Approval for intern year. Senior classification.

Corequisite Courses

EDUC4850: Secondary School Start-Up

Credits 1

Attendance at the opening faculty meetings, assisting in the preparation for opening of school and observing and assisting the teacher in a regular public school classroom situation during the first week of school. This work is to be done in the fall before student teaching. Materials and instructions for this course must be secured from the Director of Student Teaching three months prior to the opening of school. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Approval for student teaching. Senior classification.

EDUC4860: Student Teaching in the Middle/Junior High School

Credits 11

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching conducted under the supervision 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. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

EDUC3750, EDUC3410, EDUC3510

Approval for student teaching. Senior classification. Special Methods courses.

Corequisites

EDUC4870: Student Teaching in the Senior High School

Credits 11

Directed observation, participation and responsible teaching conducted under the supervision of a senior 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 start-up" experience in the fall before their student teaching. If possible, this start-up experience should be with their cooperating teacher. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

EDUC3750, EDUC3410, EDUC3510

Approval for student teaching. Senior classification. Special methods courses.

Corequisites

EDUC4950: Seminar/Capstone

Credits 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