123 Course Descriptions _E_D__U__C__A__T_I_O__N________________________________________ EDU120-A Communication, Ethics & Confidentiality 2 This teacher aide certification program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to apply to the State of Iowa Department of Education for a five-year paraeducational Level 1: Generalist Certificate. School districts receiving Title I funds are required to have certified paraeducators under the No Child Left Behind requirements. This certificate meets both the No Child Left Behind legislation and the State of Iowa Department of Education voluntary certification requirements. The certificate is valid in Iowa. Applicants must be 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. EDU121-A Behavior Improvement 2 Participants will gain knowledge, skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain the positive social, emotional and behavioral development of children. This course is intended for paraeducator certification. EDU122-A Roles & Responsibilities 2 Roles and Responsibilities participants will develop skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain safe environments, educational activities, team interventions, and technology integration when working with colleagues, students, parents and others. This course is intended for paraeducator certification. EDU150-A Directed Observation 1 In this course, you will observe in an education setting to gain direct insight in the way schools function, roles and responsibilities of teachers, and student behavior. EDU210-A Foundations of Education 3 This course is an examination of teaching as a potential career, discussions of the goals of education, roles of teachers, historical development of education, educational reforms, alternative and current philosophical issues, and human relations aspects of teachings. EDU218-A Initial Field Experience 2 Designed to provide experience in a live classroom to observe the way schools work, the role and responsibility of the teacher, and student behavior, and to increase the students understanding of the teaching-learning process. Students will record experiences in a journal format as part of their portfolio. Prerequisite: EDU210 EDU220-A Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher 3 This course is designed to develop an awareness of the responsibility of educators in establishing educational programs that attempt to develop sensitivity to and understanding of the different cultural/ethnic groups found in a pluralistic society. This course will include a history of the discrimination that many minority groups have encountered in North America and possible educational strategies for dealing with the problems minority groups have encountered in the educational process. EDU230-A Curriculum and Instruction 3 This course is a study of theories and methods of classroom instruction for students preparing to become elementary, middle, or secondary teachers. Instructional design, tools, sequencing and organization, questioning, small-group discussions and cooperative learning, and monitoring student successes are examined. Prerequisites: EDU210-A, EDU150-A EDU235-A Children’s Literature 3 Teaches the criteria for choosing the best children's literature and applies that criteria to evaluating materials to be used in the classroom. EDU240-A Educational Psychology 3 This course is a study of the psychological principles applicable to the learning process including theories of learning, effective teaching/learning environments, and research pertaining to learning. Prerequisite: EDU210-A EDU245-A Exceptional Learner 3 An introductory course designed to provide the student with an overview of the field of special education and the policies and programs established for the education of exceptional students. It includes and analysis of the nature, incidence and characteristics of the students with physical and mental handicaps, the behavior disordered, the talented and gifted and the learning disabled. This course is required for teacher certification in Iowa and Illinois. EDU255-A Technology in the Classroom 3 Technology in the classroom introduce prospective teacherprep candidates and other interested students to a variety of digital tools and internet resources along with best practices in the use of tools and technologies for classroom related functions and issues. EDU265-C Technology Education Teaching Methods 3 This class will teach methods of teaching in technology education and related fields, including group and individualized strategies. Included in class is a 25 hour field experience. The goal of this course is to better prepare potential technology education teachers to teach technology, engineering, and STEM courses. The course will focus on instructional methods, and student learning environments associated with teaching technology, engineering, and iSTEM courses focused on design and problem solving. The course will also address strategies for success as a student teacher and prepare students to be a professional leader. EDU949-A Special Topics 2 This course will cover basic instructional strategies to be used in the classroom.
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