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Course-based Focus Designations:
Examples of Approved Course Descriptions

The official course description contributes to a course inherently meeting the Focus Hallmarks. Below are examples of approved course descriptions.

CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL ISSUES

ITE 391 Seminar for Student Teaching
With student teaching as context, examination of knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching; standards-based planning, teaching, assessment, and reflection; inclusive classroom management; professional growth and development; integration of research, theory, and practice. Emphasis on writing instruction and ethical issues in teaching.

ITE 406 Seminar in Teaching Residency
Analysis and resolution of current ethical issues and practices in classrooms; teaching skills and strategies; curriculum planning, professional growth and development; and integration of teaching experiences with professional standards. Instruction in preparing an extensive written portfolio.

ORAL COMMUNICATION

GG 410 Undergraduate Seminar
Gain professional training, practical experience, and evaluate peers on giving scientific presentations, emphasizing topics in geology, geophysics, and planetary science. 60% of the grade is based on the equivalent of three oral communication assignments.

ITE 405 Teaching Residency, Secondary
Full-time student teaching in a school. Student teachers will receive training for and evaluation of oral communication, organization, and planning skills.

WRITING INTENSIVE

EE 496 Capstone Design Project
Significant project, and substantial written reports, integrating design content of previous courses; realistic constraints involving reliability, safety, economics; and aesthetic, ethical, societal aspects. Significant instruction on writing reports.

ENG 270 Introduction to Literature: Literary History
Study of significant works of selected historical periods. A significant portion of class time is dedicated to writing instruction, and the course requires a minimum of 4,000 words of graded writing.

ENG 271 Introduction to Literature: Genre
Study of significant works of selected genres. A significant portion of class time is dedicated to writing instruction, and the course requires a minimum of 4,000 words of graded writing.

ENG 272 Introduction to Literature: Culture and Literature
Study of significant works of selected cultures and cultural formations. A significant portion of class time is dedicated to writing instruction, and the course requires a minimum of 4,000 words of graded writing.

ITE 312 Foundations in Curriculum and Instruction
Standards-based planning, assessment, instruction, and reflection; inclusive classroom management; unique multicultural environment; issues in education and curriculum. Developing knowledgeable, effective, and caring professionals to support the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of all students. Emphasis on writing instruction.

ITE 313 Literacy and Literature
First of two methods courses focusing on theories and research-based practices related to literacy teaching-learning in elementary classrooms. Emphasis on writing instruction.

ITE 314 Literacy and Literature II
Second of two methods courses focusing on theories and research-based practices related to literacy teaching-learning in elementary classrooms. Emphasis on writing instruction.

ITE 322 Social Studies, Elementary
Purposes, methods, curriculum, and assessment in teaching social studies. Focus: Enriching children's understanding of the communities of which they are a part through inquiry, investigation, collaboration, and expository skills. Emphasis on writing instruction.

ITE 406 Seminar in Teaching Residency
Analysis and resolution of current ethical issues and practices in classrooms; teaching skills and strategies; curriculum planning, professional growth and development; and integration of teaching experiences with professional standards. Instruction in preparing an extensive written portfolio.

SPED 404 Foundations of Inclusive Schooling
Exceptionality examined from life-cycle perspective. Survey of characteristics, causes, prevalence, assessment, and intervention related to individuals who differ in cognitive, sensory, physical, communicative, emotional/behavioral, or social areas. Focus on educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Includes an emphasis on instruction in writing. Requires three hours/week field experiences.

SPED 444 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms--Elementary
Teaching elementary students with disabilities and those who are gifted/talented. Meeting academic/social needs. Classroom management, motivation, peer interaction, collaboration between special and regular educators. Includes an emphasis on instruction in writing.

SPED 445 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms--Secondary
Teaching secondary students with disabilities and those who are gifted/talented. Meeting academic/social needs. Classroom management, motivation, peer interaction, collaboration between special and regular educators. Includes an emphasis on instruction in writing.

 

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