Education Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)

Head of Department: Professor Mary Anne Doyle

Department Office: Room 406, Gentry Building

For major requirements, link to the Neag School of Education section of the Catalog.

2100. Power, Privilege and Public Education

Three credits. Recommended for students considering applying to the Neag School of Education their sophomore year.

Service learning course. Interdisciplinary analysis of the development and structure of schooling, teaching, and learning in American society; impact of public education on its many and diverse stakeholders. Includes topics such as: equity and excellence, historical, socio-cultural, philosophical, political, and legal frameworks of education, and current educational reform efforts. CA 2. CA 4.

3000. Introduction to Teaching

One credit. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program.

Introduction to the University of Connecticut’s Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Includes the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the program, its structure and components, the nature and purposes of schooling, the relationship of the school and society, and recent educational reform movements, including the work of the Holmes Group and John Goodlad’s National Network for Educational Renewal, and the nature and purposes of “reflective practice” for the educational professional.

3010. Elementary Curriculum Standards and Integration

One credit.

The role of national curriculum standards and analysis of curriculum resources and the implementation of curriculum in the elementary setting. Focus on media arts-related standards found across language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum standards.

3020. Choral Music Methods

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to music education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Neelly

Pedagogical techniques in choral settings, evaluation of vocal and choral literature and texts, and guidelines for choral performance at elementary and secondary levels.

3100. Multicultural Education, Equity and Social Justice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation program.

Introduction to multicultural education. Includes the nature and purposes of schooling, the relationship between diversity, schooling and society, and the concepts and practices of multicultural education and equity pedagogy.

3100W. Multicultural Education, Equity and Social Justice

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to juniors in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation program.

3210. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: Agricultural Teaching

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary agriculture education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Campbell

Pedagogical techniques in middle and high school agriculture classroom settings, including setting student learning goals, planning and engaging students in activity that is authentic to the discipline of agriculture, with an increased focus on facilitating productive small group and whole class task-based discourse in agriculture classrooms.

3211. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: English

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary English Education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Glenn

Drawing upon current research related to the teaching of writing, this course invites students to examine and participate in a workshop approach that fosters skill development and engagement with writing.

3212. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: Mathematics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary mathematics education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Staples

Focuses on developing a deep understanding of mathematics content and goals for secondary mathematics education, and developing pedagogical techniques and competencies necessary for effective teaching in middle and high school math classroom settings. Focal areas include: setting student learning goals, planning and engaging students in activity that is authentic to the discipline of math, and facilitating meaningful, task-relevant discourse in math classrooms.

3213. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: Science

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary science education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Campbell

Pedagogical techniques in middle and high school science classroom settings, including setting student learning goals, planning and engaging students in activity that is authentic to the discipline of science, with an increased focus on facilitating productive small group and whole class task-based discourse in science classrooms.

3214. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: Social Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary Social Studies Education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Marcus

Introduction to the teaching and learning of social studies. The social studies include many disciplines such as history, political science/government/civics, geography, economics, and others. The focus will be on the discipline of history – the heart of the social studies curriculum – but time is also spent on civics, geography, and economics, and on an inquiry approach to teaching.

3215. Introduction to Secondary Methods and Clinic: World Languages

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to secondary world language education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Back

Introduction to the theoretical and methodological issues in the teaching of world languages in U.S. schools. Examines current issues in the professional literature of the field and explores approaches to world language teaching and theories about language learning. Explores setting student learning goals, planning and engaging students in authentic, culturally relevant activities for language learning, with a focus on facilitating productive small group and whole class task-based discourse in the target language.

3305. Methods and Clinic in Elementary School Music

Three credits. Prerequisite: Satisfactory progress in applied music; open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program.

Development of pre-service music teachers’ skills in elementary learning (grades Pre-K-5; 6-8) and teaching through hands-on experience and observation. Students will explore the fundamental standard terms, concepts, musical skills, and understandings, and dispositions to be effective elementary music teachers through the lenses of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Music activities, materials, and teaching methods for elementary music classes, based on research and theories in music education, will be discussed.

4010. Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Gabriel

A study of the role of reading and writing in the learning of the content areas taught in secondary schools.

4088. Variable Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

4099. Independent Study for Undergraduates

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors with appropriate background for the study of education. Students must present the instructor with a problem well laid out for investigation. May be repeated for credit with a change in content.

Designed primarily for qualified students who wish to extend their knowledge in some specialized area.

4110W. Teaching Reading and Writing in the Elementary School

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Dostal, Doyle, Kaufman, Leu

An introduction to the teaching of reading and writing in the elementary school. Field experiences may be included.

4115. Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors. Casa, DeFranco, Truxaw

An introduction to current approaches and methods for teaching mathematics in the elementary school. Opportunities will be provided for participants to develop awareness of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to inform instruction and enhance student learning.

4120. Teaching Science in the Elementary School

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors. Moss

A study of curriculum materials, laboratory experiences and teaching techniques in science.

4125. Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors. Levine

A study of the organization of learning experiences and teaching methods emphasizing the social sciences as the foundation of the social studies.

4130. Teaching the Language Arts in the Elementary School

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors. Dostal, Doyle, Kaufman

A study of current theory and approaches to teaching the language arts effectively by connecting the teaching of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and by integrating this instruction with children’s literature and content learning. Field experiences may be included.

4150. Directed Student Teaching

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Application, signed by the advisor, must be made to the Coordinator of Student Teaching for the fall semester prior to March 1; for the spring semester prior to October 1.

Student teaching in selected elementary schools. Provides opportunity for students to observe teaching, to develop teaching skills through practice, and to engage in other school activities for which elementary teachers are responsible.

4205W. Methods of Foreign Language Instruction, Pre K-12

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Selection and organization of learning experiences, instructional activities and materials, and methods of teaching foreign language in pre K-12 settings. Course activities include a combination of lecture, seminar and clinical experiences in local schools.

4210W. Instruction and Curriculum in the Secondary School

Hours by arrangement. Variable credit not to exceed six. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

A study of the selection and organization of learning experiences, instructional materials and teaching methods. Course activities will include a combination of lecture, seminar, and clinical experiences in local schools.

4215. The Teaching of Reading in Middle and High Schools

Hours by arrangement. Variable credit. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Gabriel

Methods of teaching reading to middle and high school students.

4250. Directed Student Teaching

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Application, signed by the advisor, must be made to the Coordinator of Student Teaching for the fall semester prior to March 1; for the spring semester prior to October 1.

Class meetings providing orientation to student teaching followed by teaching in schools supervised by a member of the staff of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. It is the policy of the department to extend its practice-teaching opportunity to a point sufficient to indicate adequately a student’s teaching ability and aptitude.

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