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from our own and how to teach to reduce prejudice and to increase harmony among groups. This course meets the South Dakota requirement for certification in teacher education. (3 s.h.)

to gain knowledge about assessment (characteristics, uses, advantages and limitations of different types of assessments and grading schemes); select, use, and construct assessments related to objectives for diagnostic purposes; identify elements of measurement theory; and use, observe and construct a variety of formal and informal assessment measures to assess student development and growth. Students will learn the importance of self assessment, peer assessment and modifying instruction based on assessment data. The course is designed for elementary, secondary or K-12 teacher candidates. Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program. (3 s.h.)

EDU 260 Language Development This course will examine language development theories, brain development and its impact on the acquisition of language, and normative language development. Techniques and materials to facilitate language and cognitive development for early childhood/ kindergarten education will be explored. Candidates will be responsible for planning and implementing language-based activities, as well as observing language development of children enrolled in ECE EDU 311 Content Literacy for ELL and settings. (3 s.h.) Struggling Readers This course focuses on the development of EDU 295 Second Language academic language and literacy strategies Acquisition in cross curricular content for English This course provides students with an Language Learners and struggling readers. understanding of the cognitive processes Language instruction across all content involved as people acquire another areas (language arts, math, science, social language. Students will study the elements studies, health, and technology) will be of language, interlanguage processes, and included as well as the collaboration non-language influences. They will also between classroom teachers and ELL learn how an understanding of second specialists/reading specialists. A 15-hour language acquisition informs pedagogical practicum is included in this course. decision-making. Students will have the Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher opportunity to work with an English education program. (3 s.h.) language learner in a classroom setting. (3 s.h.) EDU 314 K-8 Math Methods Sequential development of mathematical EDU 300 Early Childhood Practicum concepts using cognitive guided Practicum experience during January instruction and other learning approaches interim or throughout the semester for 130 is explored. Students will gain an ability clock hours in an approved early childhood to design, deliver and evaluate a variety setting under the direction and supervision of instructional strategies that incorporate of a certified teacher and University faculty. learning resources, materials, technologies Application deadline for fall practicum is and national and state standards for Feb. 10. Application for spring and interim mathematics appropriate for grades K-8. practicum is Oct. 10. Graded pass/no credit. Field experience in a K-8 classroom will Prerequisite: Completion of approved also be completed, focusing on assessing coursework for the early childhood and planning instruction for an individual endorsement. (3 s.h.) student. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program. (3 s.h.) EDU 304 Assessment and Evaluation in the Classroom EDU 315 K-8 Social Studies Methods The teacher understands and uses formal This course will help prepare students to and informal assessment strategies become effective social studies educators to evaluate and ensure the continuous capable of teaching K-8 students the intellectual, social and physical content knowledge, the intellectual skills, development of the learner. This class and the civic values necessary to fulfill will examine the difference between the responsibilities of citizenship in a assessment and evaluation and how to democracy. Special attention is given to use assessment data to drive curriculum national and state social studies standards, planning, instruction, evaluation, and the effective teaching strategies, assessment, decision-making process in classrooms. addressing the individual and cultural Teacher candidates will have opportunities



undergraduate course descriptions

diversity of all learners, developing a unit of study, integrating technology and designing materials that are appropriate for K-8 social studies. Field experience in a K-8 classroom will also be completed. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program. (3 s.h.) EDU 316 K-8 Science Methods National and state science standards that focus on K-8 students’ needs and specific learning environments will be addressed through practical applications of research in the classroom. Students will be encouraged to read and think about science and how to teach it through group interaction and activities. Problem solving, science in everyday life, integrating technology, inquiry –based learning, assessment, scientific methods, curricular materials, instructional strategies and science issues are topics that will be studied. Field experience in a K-8 classroom will also be completed. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program. (3 s.h.) EDU 320 Literacy: Middle Level This course will emphasize classroom comprehension and content reading strategies, readers’ workshop and writers’ workshops in the 4th-8th grades, working with struggling literacy learners, and identifying technology that supports the classroom program. All candidates will be working with a guided reading group in an elementary classroom. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program. (3 s.h.) EDU 321 Guided Reading This course is a practicum experience that will focus on the critical role of small group instruction within a comprehensive literacy program. Course content will focus on using Guided Reading to support students as they practice and expand key reading skills and strategies. Students participating in this course will be working with one or two small groups of students in K—5th grade. Prerequisite: EDU 323 or EDU 320 (3 s.h.) EDU 323 Literacy: Early Reading Instruction An introduction to a balanced literacy framework for early reading instruction. Instruction will focus on the stages of reading and instruction in large groups, small groups and individually to meet the needs of beginning readers. Fieldbased practicum experience in a primary classroom is included. Prerequisite:

2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  

2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.