Education Courses

EDUC 000 Education Gateway Course                                                                                                                               0 credits Students explore the professional opportunities and practices of the teaching discipline. Designed to provide participants a variety of designated experiences with K-12 students so they are able to make informed decisions about becoming teachers. Students facilitate field experiences with school-age students both at the elementary and secondary levels. Students attend two one-hour long seminars and participate in 10 hours of subsequent field experiences. This course is required for admission to the Teacher Licensure Program. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

EDUC 102 Issues and Trends in American Education                                                                                                                    3 credits

An introduction to the philosophical and historical foundations of American public education, as well as current conceptions of and issues facing the teaching profession.  Students reflect upon their own experiences in K-12 schools, explore current trends in teaching and learning, and investigate socio-political and economic issues facing 21st Century American education.  

EDUC 197 Special Topics in Education                                                                                                                          1-6 credits

EDUC 297 Special Topics in Education                                                                                                                          1-6 credits

EDUC 316 Introduction to Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students                                                 3 credits

An introduction to theory and understanding of first and second language acquisition for teaching K-12 students from linguistically diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students develop an awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education. The primary focus is on research based oral language assessment and development to provide meaningful instruction. Methods include those appropriate for the beginning English language learner, as well as those at other levels on the language acquisition continuum. Prerequisites: EDUC 000 and EDUC 102.

EDUC 340 Application of Pedagogy and Practice                                                                                                                            3 credits

A foundation course in educational pedagogy based on current research and widely accepted teaching strategies. Includes an integrated variety of research-based approaches to teaching and learning, such as cooperative learning and differentiated instruction, which are framed within professionalism standards for teachers. A major component of the course is a rigorous and structured field experience in local schools as preparation for residency. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Licensure Program.

EDUC 392 Independent Study                                                                                                                                                           1-3 credits A course for qualified, upper-level students with specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Education.

EDUC 397 Special Topics in Education                                                                                                                                          1-6 credits

EDUC 400 Foundations for Literacy: Phonology and Linguistics                                                                                                3 credits A study and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching and reinforcing fundamental reading skills. Cognitive processes of literacy, including phonology, morphology, orthography and etymology. Focus placed on English language structure as it affects decoding and encoding. Additionally, methods for diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high-achieving students are covered.

EDUC 401 Assessment for Prevention and Intervention                                                                                                                 3 credits This is an in-depth application of assessment techniques and instruments in coordination with state standards, No Child Left Behind and Individuals with Disability Education Act, 2004. Includes standardized testing and knowledge of literacy including five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Analysis of data to design and monitor instruction and intervention for universal, targeted, and intensive needs of diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high-achieving students.

EDUC 402 Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency                                                                                                  3 credits A study and application of scientifically based methods of teaching and reinforcing reading comprehension, vocabulary fluency, oral and written language skills. Cognitive processes of literacy, including phonology, morphology, orthography, etymology, semantics, syntax, discourse, pragmatics and English language structure as it affects meaning. Additionally, methods for diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high- achieving students are covered.

EDUC 403 Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area                                                                                                        3 credits An introduction to the concepts, methods, techniques, and assessment practices used to effectively teach secondary and K-12 students. Emphasis is placed on structures for lesson and unit planning, implementation of the Colorado State Standards, literacy and math integration, research based instructional strategies, content specific technologies, and management techniques.

EDUC 404 Creating Positive Learning Environments                                                                                                                    3 credits

A foundation course to prepare students to create appropriate learning environments both inside and outside the classroom. Students learn effective lesson planning, class- room management, medical protocol and sound legal disciplinary practices that are characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time. The students learn to perpetuate the democratic system by understanding the relationships among the various governmental entities that create laws, rules, regulations and policies. Students apply educational practices to ensure safe and orderly schools.

EDUC 405 Data-driven Instructional Practices                                                                                                                 3 credits An in-depth application of standards-based instruction and assessment practices. Students design curriculum maps and plan standards-based lessons and units for diverse student populations.  Students are taught to integrate literacy, math, and technology into their standards-based instructional plans, to use assessment data to drive standards-based curriculum that measure student knowledge, understanding, and skills, and to reflect on and evaluate their own performance.

EDUC 406 Content Area Literacy                                                                                                                                                        3 credits An application of current research on brain-based learning, reading and writing and its integration in the content area. Students implement the essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, motivation, and engagement within the content area. In addition, there is a focus on content area study and test taking skills.

EDUC 407 Maximizing Learning Through 21st Century Skills                                                                                                     3 credits An inquiry into the 21st century environment schools need to cultivate in order to maximize learning. This course prepares teachers to create technology-rich learning environment that enhance student growth and achievement.

EDUC 408 Teaching Writing with the Brain in Mind                                                                                                                  3 credits

An application of cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning. Within the context of writing assessment and instruction, students learn to employ a wide range of teaching techniques to match the intellectual, emotional and social level of each class-room student. Students apply expert content knowledge to enrich and extend student learning and apply individual educational plans. 

EDUC 409 Secondary Student Teaching                                                                                                                            3 credits Student teaching in a 7-12 school setting on the average of 24 hours per week, over the course of the academic year, in collaboration with mentor teachers.  This course must be repeated twice for credit. 

EDUC 410 K-12 Student Teaching                                                                                                                                       3 credits Student teaching in a K-12 school setting on the average of 24 hours per week, over the course of the academic year, in collaboration with mentor teachers.  This course must be repeated twice for credit. 

EDUC 413 Mathematical Investigations                                                                                                                                             3 credits An application of the research-based practices for instruction in math. Focus is placed on the foundations for assessing and teaching math by addressing basic skills, critical thinking skills, conceptual understanding, real life applications, and diverse learner needs.  Students implement and review specific assessment practices, teaching structures, intervention strategies, and technology applications within a standards- based framework of instruction.

EDUC 417 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Linguistically Diverse Student in Mind                                     3 credits

An application of cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning. Within the context of writing assessment and instruction, students learn to employ a wide range of teaching techniques to match the cultural, academic, social and language-proficiency level of each classroom student. Students apply expert content knowledge and knowledge of cognitive academic language proficiency to enrich and extend student learning.

EDUC 420 Application of Classroom Strategies to Engage All Learners                                                                                    3 credits Study and apply effective research-based strategies for high levels of attention and engagement for all learners

EDUC 424 Differentiation: Applying Learner-Centered Instruction                                                                            3 credits

This course provides participants with an understanding of the components of differentiated instruction (content, process, and product). Participants explore skills and resources needed to effectively manage a differentiated classroom and extend their learning into the application of strategies, assessments, and management systems within the context of teaching academic content.

EDUC 459 Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching                                                                        3 credits

Student teaching in an elementary school setting, with special attention given to work with linguistically diverse students.  The student teaching experience averages 24 hours per week over the course of the academic year and is supervised by a mentor teacher.  May repeat twice for credit.

EDUC 492 Independent Study                                                                                                                                           1-3 credits A course for qualified, upper-level students with specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Education.

EDUC 493 Research Problems                                                                                                                                                         1-4 credits

EDUC 497 Special Topics in Education                                                                                                                          1-6 credits