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  EDU 102 - Experiences of Schooling: Foundations of Diversity and Knowledge in American Education

This course is designed to engage students in an exploration of how experiences of schooling are shaped by historical and political trends, diversity in society and the classroom, and theories of knowledge and learning. Students will reflect on how key course concepts have affected their own experiences of schooling, and use these concepts to inform their vision for educational aims, structures, curriculum, methods, and relationships. Prerequisite(s): Secondary/Middle Education major or permission of the instructor. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 103. Every Semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 103 - Diversity and Social Justice Education 7-12

This course is the first in a set of courses designed to prepare Secondary Education teachers to work with English Language Learners in a variety of settings.  This course will address the diversity issues of race, culture, gender, ethnicity, class, affection orientation, age, and ability as they relate to 7-12 teachers and students.  The course will also increase students’ familiarity with culturally proactive and responsive approaches to teaching and learning, engaging them with both stances and strategies for working with English Language Learners. Pre-requisite: Secondary/Middle Education major or permission of the instructor. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 102. Every Semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 125 - Introduction to Theory and Practice in K-8 Education

Introduction to Theory and Practice in K-8 Education provides an overview of the field, including historical and contemporary influences, educational philosophy, observational techniques and the study of teaching from the perspectives of personal and professional development. Prerequisite(s): Elementary Education Major or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment with EDU 280 is required. Every semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 202 - Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education

Practical experience in a public school classroom. The student spends at least six hours per week in an assigned classroom working with a mentor teacher and participates in a weekly seminar. In classrooms, the student works with individuals, small groups, and the whole class while developing professional knowledge and responsibilities. Prerequisite(s): ELE, SED majors; sophomores or above and preregistration with the division. Qualifying Praxis Core scores; Grades of B- or better in one of the following:  EDU 125/EDU 280.  Every Semester.

 



Credit: 4

  EDU 222 - Learning with Technology in Secondary Education

This course gives students hands-on experience with enhancing and supporting middle/secondary students’ learning through the use of a wide variety of digital tools, media, and resources. Pre-service teachers will gain firsthand experience in evaluating and integrating technology into curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to create learning environments that address the needs of the diverse learners in today’s classrooms. Students will use self-reflection to enhance personal and professional growth and productivity related to the teaching profession and the use of technology. Course content is integrated with learning in the classroom and the field experiences of EDU 223, EDU 224, and SED 361. Pre-requisites: EDU 102/103 and recommendation of advisor; passing score on Praxis Core (Math, Writing, Reading); completion of Maine DOE’s Criminal History Records Check; GPA 2.5; Secondary Education major, World Language Teacher Education major or Community Health Education major with School Health Concentration. This course can only be taken concurrently with EDU 223, EDU 224 and SED 361. Every semester.



Credit: 1

  EDU 223 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

This course is an approach to curriculum, instruction and assessment designed to engage students in an integrated process of teaching and learning. Students design a unit and create supporting lessons plans based on the Maine Learning Results, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, which focus on using differentiated instructional strategies, assessment practices, and technology integration. Students learn to work collaboratively in a professional learning community, which enhances the teaching and learning process. Pre-requisites: EDU 102/103 and recommendation of advisor; passing score on Praxis Core (Math, Writing, Reading); completion of Maine DOE’s Criminal History Records Check; GPA 2.5, Secondary Education major, World Languages Teacher Education major, or Community Health Education major with School Health Concentration. This course can only be taken concurrently with EDU 222, EDU 224 and SED 361. Every semester.



Credit: 3

  EDU 224 - Practicum Field Experience

The Practicum Field Experience is an early classroom experience for college students thinking of becoming teachers in middle and secondary schools.  By spending time in an assigned classroom and participating in seminar, students will shift their perspective from that of a student to that of a teacher.  This experience should be viewed as pre-student teaching and is designed in part to provide the college student with the opportunity to make career choices.  Practicum students work in the classroom with students on a one-to one basis, in small and large groups, and as a whole class.  The extent of involvement with each of these will depend on the needs of the teacher, the organization of the classroom, and the stage of development of the practicum student.  Practicum students have varied backgrounds and experiences.  These strengths and experiences should be utilized to enrich the learning opportunities for the students in the classroom and the practicum student. This program is a shared professional responsibility among teachers, administrators and UMF faculty to provide a professional classroom experience for college students seeking a career in teaching. Pre-requisites: EDU102/103 and recommendation of advisor; passing score on Praxis Core (Math, Writing, Reading); completion of Maine DOE’s Criminal History Records Check; GPA 2.5, Secondary Education major, World Languages Teacher Education major, or Community Health Education major with School Health Concentration. This course can only be taken concurrently with EDU 222, EDU 223 and SED 361. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 277 - Topics in Education

Topics and practices related to education as selected by program and/or guest faculty. Prerequisite(s): Varies with topic. (Pass/Fail option) Varies.



Credit: 1-4

  EDU 280 - Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8

This course will address the diversity issues of race, culture, gender, ethnicity, class, affection orientation, age, and ability as they relate to K-8 teachers and students. The impact of diversity issues on classroom interaction and curriculum decisions and materials will be a major focus. Prerequisite(s): Elementary Education Major or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 125 is required. Every semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 302 - Design and Technology in K-8 Education

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to integrating educational technology and design teaching principles across disciplines. Students will explore educational technology theory and practice through problem-, project-, and inquiry-based learning activities, engaging in elements and practices of STEM education. Students will examine the International Society of Technology in Education Educator Standards and put them into practice through reflective questioning, and application of technology supported teaching and learning strategies in field settings. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy; junior status or above; concurrent enrollment in EDU 389. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 304 - Science Education K-8

This course will focus on the constructivist model of teaching and learning and science content knowledge for the K-8 classroom. The emphasis of the course will be on teaching and assessment techniques, strategies and activities that may be used to teach a diverse community of learners in the K-8 science classroom.  This course will also include opportunities for application. Prerequisite(s): One laboratory science course; candidacy; junior status or above; concurrent enrollment in EDU 389. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 307 - Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary/Middle Schools

This course provides an overview of the political context and methods of teaching English Language Learners in grades 7-12 who face the challenge of learning academic English and mastering the same core content standards that are expected of all students.  Topics addressed will also include, but not be limited to, honoring home language and culture, assessment, differentiation, teacher expectations, and current research as related to English language learners and their teachers. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor.  Every semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 308 - Texts and Teaching

The goal of this course is to prepare prospective teachers to support their middle and high school students in doing the reading and writing that they will need to do in order to be successful in their subject matter work.  Prospective teachers in this course will also consider what it means to use and include a wide variety of interesting texts in their classrooms.  A few of the central questions of the course are:  How do I make sure that all my students have access to the literacy skills they need in order to be successful in my content area?  What kinds of texts should I use to engage my students and help them understand the subject matter? What does literacy look like in different disciplines? Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor.  Every semester.



Credit: 2

  EDU 310 - Teaching English Language Learners, K-8

This course will provide an overview of methods of teaching English to K–8 speakers of other languages.  Topics addressed will also include, but not be limited to, assessment, differentiation, teacher expectations, and current research as related to English language learners and their teachers.



Credit: 2

  EDU 321 - Teaching Methods for Middle School Education

This course examines the historic, philosophic contexts and professional issues of middle school education. The current issues affecting today’s middle school adolescents in grades 6-8 include developmentally appropriate methodology; integrated curriculum, instruction, and assessment; use of technology; the many roles of a middle school teacher; and communication with families and the community. Prerequisite(s):EDU 202 or EDU 224. Every even year.



Credit: 4

  EDU 330 - Young Adult Literature

This course focuses on the rapidly expanding genre of Young Adult Literature and its classroom uses. Prospective teachers will read widely in the genre, familiarizing themselves with authors, titles, trends and recent developments.  At the same time, they will consider questions of the role of reading and literature in the classroom and the lives of students, as well as plan curriculum and instruction around the genre.  Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor. Spring only.



Credit: 4

  EDU 331 - Mathematics Education K-8

This course will address current policy and trends in mathematics education, K-8. The course will focus on current practices in teaching mathematics and will include lesson planning, assessment, integration, differentiation, curriculum design, communication, and the use of appropriate mathematical tools, manipulatives, and strategies. Students will be exposed to current research in national and international mathematics education; to national, state, and local discussions around the purpose of mathematics teaching and learning; and will engage in multiple approaches to problem solving and justification across domains and grade levels. Prerequisites: Two courses in mathematics; candidacy; junior status or above; concurrent enrollment in EDU 389. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 332 - Social Studies and Global Perspectives K-8

This course addresses the design and implementation of social studies curriculum and pedagogy by focusing on the incorporation of global perspectives and the use of the methods of social studies inquiry to engage learners in K-8 classrooms. This course will also include opportunities for application.  Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status or above; qualifying Praxis Core scores; concurrent enrollment in EDU 202. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 333 - Reading, Writing, Language Arts, and Children's Literature in Grades K-3

This course will focus on literacy instruction for students in grades K-3. Course content will include a focus on theories of instruction in reading, writing, and language arts as well as strategies and skills emphasized within each theoretical framework; consideration of struggling readers and writers; techniques for evaluating literature available for children in grades K-3 as well as integrating this literature into reading and language arts instruction; and a variety of formal, informal, summative and formative assessment techniques. Consideration will be given to strategies and skills that help children in grades K-3 develop competence in language development; knowledge of and appreciation for literature, including literature that represents widely diverse perspectives; writing; comprehension; vocabulary; fluency; word recognition; phonics; and phonemic awareness Prerequisites: Sophomore status or above; qualifying Praxis scores; for ELE, concurrent enrollment in EDU 202; or permission of instructor. Every semester.



Credit: 6

  EDU 360 - Secondary/Middle Science Methods

Students will explore topics relevant to teaching in today's science classroom including: developing a research-based framework for science education, national and state standards, assessing the effectiveness of instructional models with middle or high school students, labs and lab safety, environmental education, and approaches to science and societal issues. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor, Junior or Senior standing. Fall only.



Credit: 4

  EDU 361 - Methods for Teaching Secondary/Middle Mathematics

Methodological, curricular and professional issues in mathematics education, grades 7-12. Focus includes the following topics: high school and middle school math; implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; connections to local, state and national standards; mathematics anxiety and avoidance; use of materials; problem solving; use of technology; professional development and leadership. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor, Junior or Senior standing. Fall only.



Credit: 4

  EDU 362 - Secondary/Middle Social Studies Methods

The primary goal of this course is to introduce each student to a variety of issues related to middle and secondary school social studies and multicultural education. Issues include censorship; academic freedom; and the place of history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, and sociology in the curriculum. Each student will develop his/her own perspective on these issues, especially as they relate to forming a personal philosophy of social studies education and selecting instructional methods and curricular materials. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor, Junior or Senior standing. Fall only.



Credit: 4

  EDU 363 - Secondary/Middle English Methods

This course further develops prospective teachers’ understandings of what it means to teach and learn English in middle and secondary schools.  While some topics may change from semester to semester, central questions revolve around lesson and unit planning, teaching poetry, developing a professional identity, working with standards (Common Core, NCTE), and looking at various aspects of the subject matter of English from both a teacher as well as a learner perspective.   Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education or permission of the instructor, Junior or Senior standing. Fall only.



Credit: 4

  EDU 377 - Topics in Education

Topics and practices related to education not regularly offered in the education curriculum. Prerequisite(s): Varies with topic. (Pass/Fail option) Varies.



Credit: 1-4

  EDU 379 - Field Experience in World Language Education

A one-credit field experience in a language classroom. Emphasis is on learning practical applications of World Language teaching methodology. Students observe and practice language teaching methods in a real-world classroom.Prerequisites: At least one post-201 FRE or SPA course. Limited to majors in World Language Education K-12 (Spanish or French). Every two years.



Credit: 1

  EDU 389 - Advanced Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education

Advanced Practicum and Seminar K-8 is intended to be a bridge between either EDU 202 or SED 209 and student teaching. Course topics include observation of self (via video) and peers, professional writing, gathering and analyzing data as a foundation for the Teacher Work Sample, lesson plan development, classroom management and assessment. Prerequisite(s): EDU 202 or SED 209; junior status or above; ELE, ECH, ECS or SED major, Candidacy. Every year.



Credit: 4

  EDU 397 - Independent Study in Education

Independent study provides an opportunity for a student to initiate, design and carry out a research project or educational activity under supervision of appropriate staff. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy and permission of instructor. (Pass/Fail option) Varies.



Credit: 1-4

  EDU 402 - Philosophy, History and Cultural Diversity of Education

This interdisciplinary study explores educational philosophies, history of American education, and the multicultural diversity in a pluralistic society. The focus of the course is for each student to develop a reflected-upon philosophy of education and to approach this personal philosophy within the context of past and present formal philosophies, theories, and issues in the culturally-diverse educational system. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education, Senior standing, successful completion of 24 credits in education courses (EDU, SED, or SHE) or permission of the instructor. Every semester.



Credit: 4

  EDU 420 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for English Language Learners

This course fosters teacher candidates’ abilities to modify learning environments that support the diversity of linguistic, cultural, and social experiences that all students bring to the classroom.  Through the examination of various ESL methods, materials, and strategies, teacher candidates will develop towards becoming guides and advocates for ELLs.  Teacher candidates will develop a pedagogical understanding that effectively connects culturally situated knowledge to equitable learning experiences.  Finally, teacher candidates will investigate their own beliefs and values as they pertain to working with students of various backgrounds with the goal that all students progress academically, socially, and linguistically.  Prerequisite(s):  Diversity course(s) from the student’s respective major (ECH 402; or EDU 280 and EDU 410; or EDU 307; or SED 404); Candidacy. Every year.



Credit: 4

  EDU 422 - Reading, Writing, Language Arts, and Children's Literature in Grades 4-8

This course will focus on literacy instruction for students in grades 4-8. Course content will include a focus on theories of instruction in reading, writing, and language arts as well as strategies and skills emphasized within each theoretical framework; consideration of struggling readers and writers; techniques for evaluating literature available for children in grades 4-8 as well as integrating this literature into reading and language arts instruction; and a variety of formal, informal, summative and formative assessment techniques. Consideration will be given to strategies and skills that help children in grades 4-8 develop competence in the areas of language development; knowledge of and appreciation for literature, including literature that represents widely diverse perspectives; writing; comprehension; vocabulary; and word study.  Prerequisite(s): Junior status or above; Elementary Education major; Candidacy. Every semester.



Credit: 6

  EDU 450 - Student Teaching and Seminar in Elementary Education K-8

Student teachers participate in a variety of supervised experiences in a school to enable them to synthesize educational theory and academic knowledge in K-8 classrooms. Following a school's schedule and working with classroom teachers, their students and other school personnel, student teachers increase their responsibilities over time. The target is to assume a full teaching load including all of the non-teaching duties. Students participate in a weekly seminar during their student teaching experience. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy; an accumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; complete at least 16 credit hours of concentratioin courses with a grade of C- or higher, or 16 credit hours toward Art and Science minor; completion of all professional courses with a B- or higher; and pass required PRAXIS II exam at or above the level established by the state of Maine. (Pass/Fail only) Every semester.



Credit: 16

  EDU 460 - Student Teaching and Seminar in Secondary/Middle Education

Student teachers participate in a variety of supervised experiences in a school to enable them to synthesize educational theory and academic knowledge in 7-12 classrooms. Following a school's schedule and working with classroom teachers, their students and other school personnel, student teachers increase their responsibilities over time. The target is to assume a full teaching load including all of the non-teaching duties. Students participate in a weekly seminar during their student teaching experience. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education; a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; completion of all of required coursework in the arts and sciences concentration and all professional education courses with a B- or higher; and a passing score for the PRAXIS II as recommended by the State (see division for specifics). (Pass/Fail only) Every semester.



Credit: 16

  EDU 477 - Topics in Education

Topics and practices related to education not regularly offered in the education curriculum. Prerequisite(s): Varies with topic. (Pass/Fail option) Varies.



Credit: 1-4

  EDU 480 - Student Teaching and Seminar in World Language Education K-12

Student teachers participate in a variety of supervised experiences in a school to enable them to synthesize educational theory and academic knowledge in K-12 classrooms. Following a school's schedule and working with classroom teachers, their students and other school personnel, student teachers increase their responsibilities over time. The target is to assume a full teaching load including all of the non-teaching duties. Students participate in a weekly seminar during their student teaching experience. Prerequisite(s): World Language Education majors; students must meet student teaching requirements. (Pass/Fail only) Every semester.



Credit: 16

  EDU 490 - Student Teaching and Seminar in Community Health Education K-12

Student teachers participate in a variety of supervised experiences in a school to enable them to synthesize educational theory and academic knowledge in K-12 classrooms.  Following a school's schedule and working with classroom teachers, their students and other school personnel student teachers increase their responsibilities over time. The target is to assume a full teaching load including all of the non-teaching duties. Students participate in a weekly seminar during their student teaching experience. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy in Education; a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; completion of all of required coursework in the arts and sciences concentration and all professional education courses with a B- or higher; and a passing score for the PRAXIS II as recommended by the State (see division for specifics). (Pass/Fail only) Every semester.



Credit: 16

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