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Teaching, M.A.

  • Educational Research (EDUC614)

    Focus is on understanding and reporting educational and psychological research. Learners will conduct online computer searches, appraise the quality of professional literature, cite research using APA style, and understand the options of writing a master’s thesis or conducting an action research project. Course is required of all master’s degree-seeking learners and is strongly recommended for learners seeking a license. Course should be taken with a cohort of the learner’s same major except with program director’s permission. Graded on an S/U basis.

    1 credit

  • Foundations in Education (EDUC621)

    Introductory examination of the profession of teaching. To adequately evaluate the current calls for reform and to provide needed leadership in shaping educational opportunities, learners need to understand the foundations of education. Areas of study are history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, and current issues related to education. A focus is on the forces and ideas that have influenced and now shape education in America.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC624)

    Focus is on theories and current research on how people learn and how to design instruction. Emphasis is on what we know about how the brain works and what we know about effective teaching and learning strategies. Theories of human development; theories of learning; overview of effective teaching strategies.

    3 credits

  • General Teaching Methods for 5-12 Classrooms (EDUC630)

    An active-learning and activity-centered course. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures. Focus is on meeting the application/performance part of license standards as set by the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC621

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Immersion in the secondary classroom and school environment. This in-school experience will provide the opportunity to teach from a learner’s own lesson plans or to slightly modify and teach from the cooperating teacher’s existing curriculum. Learners may complete this field experience through one of four options: paraprofessional, short-term substitute teacher, 30-hour in-school experience, or internship.

    1 credit

  • Understanding Diversity and Student Needs (EDUC663)

    Systematic discovery of the school and teaching environments in the following areas: different home cultures; diversity; student health; adolescents and substance abuse; effective teaching strategies; observation of the learning environment; refinement of personal philosophy of education; and development of effective tools of teaching.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Learners will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.

    2 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC628, EDUC629

  • Classroom Technology (EDUC668)

    This course will explore various forms of technology that expand classroom learning as well as technology that facilitates communication between teachers and their colleagues, their students, and their students’ guardians.

    1 credit

  • Professional Development (EDUC703)

    This course is culmination of the course work for the MAT program. In this course students have an opportunity to reflect upon their teaching experiences to help prepare them for applying and interviewing for a teaching position. The course allows students to discuss professional behaviors, to identify teaching skills, to become aware of current issues facing school districts and to develop a plan for professional growth to prepare the student for their first teaching job. Prerequisites: EDUC750 and EDUC778.

    1 credit

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC750, EDUC778

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Many of the skills and much of the knowledge introduced in prior courses will be practiced concurrently in student teaching and this course. Focus is on the development of reflective professional qualities and instructional and evaluative skills. Clarifying personal beliefs, enhancing communication skills, adjusting to diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments are significant elements of the course.

    4 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC778

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC755)

    Assists learners in preparing their master’s thesis or conducting an action research project. Focus is on the design process and includes the following topics: information on the nature and scope of the master’s thesis/action research project; selection and refinement of topic; APA style; and the oral examination process. Graded on an S/U basis.

    1 credit

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC614

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Prior course knowledge and skills will be practiced under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while learners teach. In the field experience and through two student teaching placements, learners will have teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Graded on an S/U basis. Concurrent enrollment with EDUC750 required.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while learners teach. Graded on an S/U basis.

    3 credits

  • Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790)

    Exploration of a significant educational issue relevant to the learner’s professional involvement through an independent, individually supervised thesis or project. Graded on an S/U basis.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC614, EDUC752, EDUC754, EDUC755

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  • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Mathematics (EDUC680)

    Final preparation for entering the teaching profession. Learners are equipped with some of the tools necessary for becoming lifelong learners of teaching. Key topics include a variety of instructional methods, class management, and assessment strategies; math content in the 5–12 curriculum, including special emphasis on the NCTM Principles and Standards, Minnesota K–12 Mathematics Framework, and Minnesota Academic Standards; learning theory appropriate to mathematics teaching strategies; and exploration of tools and technologies for the support and enhancement of classroom instruction.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC630

  • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Science (EDUC681)

    Current methods and approaches used in the teaching of science in grades 5–12. Examination of ways to develop and present curriculum with emphasis on content, scientific investigation, inquiry, assessment, and safe laboratory practices.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC630

  • Methods of Teaching Visual Arts, K-12 (EDUC682)

    Materials, methods, and curriculum employed in teaching art at both the elementary and secondary levels. Historical survey of philosophy of art education and present trends. Studio time for exploration and application of media suitable for both elementary and secondary levels.

    3 credits

  • Methods of Teaching World Languages and Cultures, K-12 (EDUC683)

    Theories of language acquisition, language learning, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of communicative language teaching and practice in unit planning and teaching. Completion of oral proficiency assessment is required.

    3 credits

  • Methods of Teaching TESOL (EDUC684)

    Theories of language learning, language acquisition, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of English as a second language, education, and practice in unit planning and teaching.

    3 credits

  • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature (EDUC685)

    Concepts, strategies, and skills necessary for the successful instruction and assessment of students in grades 5–12 in reading, writing, speaking, media, listening, and literature.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC630

  • Methods of Teaching Business Education, Grades 5-12 (EDUC686)

    Learn practical methods for teaching business education to middle and high school students. Learners will connect their knowledge of business, both real world and course work, with an understanding of how students learn and how to best ensure student success in the classroom.

    4 credits

  • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Social Studies (EDUC687)

    Development of ability to take concepts from several component disciplines of social studies and communicate them effectively to, or direct their acquisition by, secondary school students. Includes curriculum trends, materials, classroom methodologies, and teacher competencies.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC630

  • Methods of Teaching Health Across the 5-12 Curriculum (EDUC688)

    Examination of the role of teachers within a comprehensive school health program. Overview of content and strategies for health instruction regarding the concepts of health and wellness, measures of health status, comprehensive school health education, positive lifestyle decision making, protective and risk factors for major health problems, injury and violence prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, drug abuse treatment and prevention, HIV/AIDS, and other special health concerns. Satisfies the health education requirement for Minnesota teaching credential.

    3 credits

    Prerequisite Courses: EDUC630

This course listing reflects the current term at Bethel. All courses and requirements are subject to change.