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Education Policy: Lies, Damned Lies, and Education (XS)(SS) (Elementary Education 110, 3 units/crs)



For more than three decades, public education policy in the United States has become a pervasive part of the public discussion. U.S. media is dominated by doom and gloom stories, and pessimistic assessments of U.S. students in international education rankings, and other failings of the U.S. public education system. This course will help learners scrutinize media accounts and public policy proposals for accuracy, bias and potential for effectiveness. By understanding how to critically examine a variety of claims, and learn about ways citizens can influence public policy learners will have a better capacity to engage in community life. 

 

Culture, Identity and Educational Journeys (XC)(ES)(HU) (Elementary Education 111 (3 units/crs)


Culture, Identity and Educational Journeys focuses on developing an understanding of culture in our lives, examine personal and group concepts of identity, and make connections to diverse culture groups specifically those from refugee and immigrant backgrounds through the process of creating narratives of educational journeys.

 

Elementary Education 201 (3 units/crs)

Individual, School, and Society
This is an introductory course in education. Its purpose is to expand your understanding of schooling through an analysis of its many connections with the individual and society. This, in part, will be accomplished through a study of social, political, and economic forces in U.S. Society that have a direct bearing on schooling. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA. 

 

Elementary Education 202 (3 units/crs)

Culture and Community Change in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a small democracy in Central America with a wealth of biodiversity and cultural traditions. In this study abroad you will have the opportunity to work alongside the people of Costa Rica in community projects involving education, immigrant rights, working with children with disabilities, and environmental awareness. In addition, we will visit the rainforest, beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and spend time in Afro-Caribbean and indigenous communities. This Quest III course provides an opportunity to address real-world challenges through active engagement in communities in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

Elementary Education 300 (3 units/crs)

Bilingual Language Fluency Assessment
Registration for and completion of the Bilingual Language Fluency Assessment is required in the first or second semester of enrollment in the Bilingual Licensure Program and prior to enrolling in core courses in this program. 

 

Elementary Education 302 (3 units/crs)


Foreign Language Teaching Methods
The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills and tools necessary to become effective foreign language teachers. To that end, the course combines theory and practice. The theoretical background will be applied to the teaching of the four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn about different techniques and strategies for teaching these skills. Moreover, the development of communicative proficiency has to happen within meaningful cultural contexts, so students will be provided with the necessary tools and resources to develop such cultural contexts. As students acquire a theoretical foundation, they will be given ample opportunities to put the theory into practice. Majors in Foreign Languages will concurrently take their clinical experience. Prerequisites: Admission to Licensure Pep I Accepted, Elem/Sec Ed 110, Ed Found 235 and 380 and concurrent enrollment in Elem/Sec Ed 371.


 

Practicum in Early Childhood EducationElementary Education 304 (2 units/crs)



This course requires students to spend 60 hours in an early childhood setting. Students will be involved in guided observation tasks in order to gain experience in observation and reflections on children's growth and development. Students will have the opportunity to practice and reflect upon knowledge and skills acquired in the early childhood block of courses. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, and Admission I. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322 and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block. Dual Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) majors choose either Elementary Education 304 or Special Education for the Early Childhood Education Block.

 

Elementary Education 311 (3 units/crs)

Teaching Languages Arts Pre-K-8
This course is planned for you to study teaching language arts, to provide practice using instructional materials, and to learn about evaluation strategies likely to enhance communication of all learners. An integrated and constructivist approach to reading, writing, speaking, listening, language study and language diversity will be provided.  Prerequisite: Educational Foundations 380 or Special Education 470 (may be taken concurrently) and Admission I.

 

Elementary Education 312 (2 units/crs)

Working With Infants and Toddlers and Their Families
This course examines relevant theories and practice pertaining to the care of infants and toddlers within the family setting and in group care programs. The relationship between best practices for care of infants and toddlers in community care and policies, which support them is considered as well. Students will design and evaluate curriculum activities appropriate for all children from birth to three years of age. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, and Admission 1. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322, and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block. 

 

Elementary Education 313 (2 units/crs)

Theories and Practices of Early Childhood Education
The needs and interests of children of preschool and kindergarten ages; the content of an activity program for the preschool and kindergarten. Emphasis on children's social, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs with suggestions of interest area and activities, which lead into the subjects included in the curriculum for the primary grades. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, and Admission I. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322, and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block.

 

Elementary Education 314 (2 units/crs)


Organization and Administration of Preschool Programs in Early Childhood Education
This course examines relevant theories and practices relating to the organization and management of quality early childhood education programs for children ages birth-8. It is expected that participants will: Develop an understanding of "quality early childhood education" and the values and attitudes necessary for this disposition; acquire an understanding of the steps involved in planning and implementing quality early childhood programs; acquire the knowledge and information necessary for administering early childhood programs; and develop specific skills and abilities necessary for successful administration of early childhood programs including: personnel management, business practices, health. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, and Admission I. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322, and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block. 314/514 

 

Elementary Education 316 (3 units/crs)

Teaching Science and Environmental Education in the Elementary/Middle School
Provides the student with the knowledge of currently accepted goals of science and environmental education in the elementary/middle school. The examination, evaluation, and practice of techniques compatible with these goals are emphasized, and contemporary elementary/middle school curricula are examined and evaluated. Prerequisite: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, Admission I, Elementary Ed 311 and Elementary Ed 384 and Educational Leadership 325. Special fee: $35.00.

 

Elementary Education 317 (3 units/crs)

Teaching Social Studies Pre K - 8
This course is designed to study social studies teaching, to practice using instructional materials and to learn about evaluation strategies likely to enhance social studies knowledge construction and learning by early childhood, elementary and middle school pupils. It is also planned for students to study educational research and practice related to early childhood, elementary and middle level curriculum development in social studies. Emphasis is given to correlation with other school subjects. Prerequisite: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, Admission I, Elementary Ed 311 and Elementary Ed 384 and Educational Leadership 325. 

 

Elementary Education 318 (2 units/crs)

Assessment in Early Childhood
This course is designed to address the theoretical and practical issues, practices, and techniques that would guide practitioners toward the meaningful assessment of preschool children. The course includes preschool cognitive assessment, family assessment, preschool screening, and intervention design. Prerequisite: Elementary Education 312, 313 and Educational Foundations 380 and Admission I.

 

Elementary Education 322 (2 units/crs)

Curriculum & Methods For Young Children: Art, Creative Dramatics, Creative Movement & Music
Introduction to curriculum and methods for using expressive arts and the characteristics of play to enhance the development and learning of the children in an early childhood educational setting. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380 and Admission I. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322 and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block. 

 

Elementary Education 323 (2 units/crs)


Early Childhood Guidance And Behavior Management
This course is designed to help students understand the behavior and feelings of young children, learn how to understand and build positive behaviors and feelings, develop positive classroom environments for young children, and deal with their common behavioral and emotional problems particularly in classroom settings. Prerequisites: Elementary/Secondary Education 110 or 201, Educational Foundations 380, and Admission I. Elementary Education 304, Elementary Education 312, Elementary Education 313, Elementary Education 314, Elementary Education 318, Elementary Education 322 and Elementary Education 323 should be taken concurrently as an Early Childhood Education Block.


 

Elementary Education 330 (1 units/crs)


Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary School
Study and practice of basic theory, approaches, and materials of teaching and learning a foreign language with special emphasis on the elementary school child and program. Prerequisite: Admission I. (Fall only). 

 

Elementary Education 346 (3 units/crs)

Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
In this course we will review developments in second language theory and practice; explore ways to teach, and integrate, the skills or reading, writing, listening and speaking, both within ESL classes and in content-area instruction; survey a variety of approaches to ESL methods; discuss ways to focus on culture in language teaching, to create community among second language learners and to build bridges between schools and diverse linguistic and cultural communities; and address the needs of second language learner assessment and classroom management. Prerequisite: Admission I.

 

Elementary Education 348 (3 units/crs)

Principles of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
In this course we will explore historical and political dimensions of bilingual/bicultural education, often from comparative perspectives; examine theoretical assumptions and recent research findings about learning through first and second languages; and discuss practical implications of critical theory and research for those who work with bilingual/bicultural children, adolescents, families and communities. 348/548

 

Elementary Education 349 (3 units/crs)

Content Area Instruction Bilingual Education
In this course we will explore the theories, practices, and possibilities for bilingual education across content areas. We will examine the teaching of content area subjects to bilingual children and adolescents in both bilingual (first language) classrooms as well as mainstream classrooms. Students will thus have the chance to prepare for content area teaching in English as well as Hmong or Spanish. Prerequisite: Elem/Sec Ed 346 Methods of Teaching ESL, Elem/Sec Ed 348, Principles of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Elem/Sec Ed 352, ESL and Multicultural Materials and Admission 1. 349/549

 

Elementary Education 351 (3 units/crs)

Authentic Assessment for ESL/Bilingual Education
A seminar course relating to specific topics in the assessment of English language learners. The course will focus on developments in authentic placement, diagnostic and achievement language assessment, and the use of portfolio and performance assessment with English language learners. Various assessment tools (English and Spanish) will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Elementary Ed/Secondary Ed 346. 351/551

 

Elementary Education 352 (3 units/crs)


ESL and Multicultural Materials, Elementary/Secondary
In this course we will review developments in second language theory and practice; explore ways to develop curriculum, and integrate the academic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in content-area instruction; survey, and critically analyze, a variety of ESL and multicultural materials for elementary and secondary instruction; discuss ways to focus on culture in the curriculum and address ways to connect curriculum to second language learner assessment and instruction. 352/552


 

Elementary Education 353 (3 units/crs)


Hmong Language, Culture & Learning
Designed to familiarize educators and others with the language, culture and educational issues relevant to Hmong people in Wisconsin and the United States.  Areas of exploration will include the nature of Hmong language, Hmong history, the traditional family and clan structure, child-rearing mores, healing practices, marriage and funeral practices, and educational beliefs and practices.  Contemporary developments and adjustment issues within the Hmong communities will be discussed, especially school achievements and challenges, intergenerational conflicts, youth gangs, and the need to provide high expectations and supportive educational environments for Hmong children, youth and families.  Cross-listed:  Elementary Education/Secondary Education 353. 353/553

 

Elementary Education 354 (3 units/crs)
Fostering English Language Learner Achievement-Trial Course
This course is designed to give all teachers a working knowledge of how to foster success with an English language Learners (ELLs). In this course we will explore historical, political and legal dimensions in the education of linguistic minority students in the USA; discuss practical implications of critical theory and research for those who work with bilingual/bicultural children, adolescents, families and communities; review developments in second language theory and practice; explore use of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) to develop curriculum; integrate the academic skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in content area instruction; explore effective links between culture and curriculum; and connect curriculum standards to second language learner instruction and assessment.

 

Clinical Experiences in Teaching and Classroom Management (Elem. Ed 360 (3 units/crs.)


The course includes pre-student teaching experiences in elementary classrooms which provide students with opportunities for guided observations of teaching and classroom management strategies as well as planning, teaching and assessing lesson and unit plans in core academic subjects. Students must reflect on and learn from their teaching and assess their growth in meeting the ten Wisconsin teaching standards and aspects of the conceptual model of teachers as caring intellectuals. The concurrent seminar focuses on various approaches in building classroom community and a positive classroom climate, introducing different classroom management models and issues and dealing with such challenges as bullying and child abuse. Students complete Elementary Education 360 Clinical Experiences in Teaching and Classroom Management concurrently with Elementary Education 316 Teaching Science and Environmental Education in the Elementary and Middle School, Elementary Education 317 Teaching Social Studies PK-8 and Elementary Education 384 Teaching PK-8 Mathematics. Prerequisite: Admission I, Educational Foundations 380, Elementary Education 311, Reading 305, Educational Leadership 302 and Educational Leadership 325. (Pass/Fail course). 

 

Elementary Education 375 (3 units/crs)

Teaching Writing PK-8
A process approach to writing will be utilized to help students learn to teach writing PK-8. This will be a multi-genre course including instruction in expository and narrative writing. Multicultural and gendered dimensions of writing will be explored and writing across the curriculum as an instructional model will be examined. Students will reflect on the improving their own writing as they learn to teach writing to others. Prerequisite: Elementary Education 311 and Admission I.

 

Elementary Education 377 (3 units/crs)

Latino(a) Language, Culture and Learning
This course is designed to familiarize educators and others with historical, cultural and educational issues relevant to Latinos (as) in Wisconsin and the United States.  Areas of exploration will include elements of surface and deep level culture, as well as historical perspectives on Pre-Columbian Latin America, the European conquest, and contemporary Latino(a) experience.  The role of ethnic pride as a factor in high-level student achievement will also be explored.  Each of these areas will be explored in relation to the development of biculturalism/multiculturalism within the English-Spanish bilingual classroom.  The class will be conducted in Spanish and all assignments will be completed in Spanish.

 

Elementary Education 381 (3 units/crs)


Biliteracy Development in the Dual Language/Bilingual Classroom
This course will focus on the development of simultaneous literacy skills in two languages. Students will study about how literacy is taught in both languages and how the dynamic bilingualism builds on the strengths that students bring to school in each of their languages. Concepts such as dynamic bilingualism, use of the bilingual trajectory, and Bridging from one language to another will be explored and developed. Students will have 6 hours of field experience, during which they will be able to see the simultaneous bilingual instruction in action. Prerequisites: Elem/Sec 346, 348, 351, 352.


 

Elementary Education 384 (2 units/crs)


Teaching Mathematics Pre K - 8 Mathematics
The course is designed to study teaching, to practice using instructional materials and to learn about evaluation strategies likely to enhance mathematical knowledge construction and learning by early childhood, elementary and middle school pupils. It is also planned for students to study educational research and practice related to early childhood, elementary and middle level curriculum development in mathematics. Prerequisite: Educational Foundations 380 (may be taken concurrently), or Special Education 470 (may be taken concurrently), Admission I, Mathematics 110 and 211.

 

Elementary Education 400/401 (5 units/crs)

Student Teaching in Elementary Education
Observation, participation, and responsible teaching experiences for student teachers and interns in grades 1-6 under supervision. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 404 (5 units/crs)

ESL Student Teaching
In this field experience students will prepare and teach lessons, develop and modify materials for English language learners, reflect on learning and teaching, and show consideration and respect to both children and adults at school sites.

 

Elementary Education 405 (2 units/crs)

Seminar I
Students will integrate teaching-learning theories as they apply to situations  which occur in the classroom in which the student teacher or intern is working. Prerequisite: Admission II.a

 

Elementary Education 406 (5 units/crs)


Bilingual Education/ESL Student Teaching
In this field experience students will prepare and teach lessons, develop and modify materials for English language learners, reflect on learning and teaching, and show consideration and respect to both children and adults at school sites. Bilingual student teachers will prepare and teach lessons in two languages, and collect and modify materials for students in their first language.

 

Elementary Education 411 (2 units/crs)

Early Childhood Education
Designed to study the major early childhood theories and programs in the field and the various types of families and children served by these programs. The course will focus on analysis of teaching practices, current trends, and decision-making in early childhood education. Students will engage in action research connecting the theory to the practice. Students will participate in professional/advocacy activities both for personal and professional growth for the benefit of children and families. Prerequisite: Education Foundations 235 or consent of instructor.

 

Elementary Education 412 (3 units/crs)

Understanding and Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum
This course addresses theoretical issues and provides practical experience for licensed elementary educators seeking an additional licensure at the preschool/kindergarten level. Students will receive theoretical information about child development specific to the age range of birth to six, and design instruction that includes developmentally appropriate practices in curriculum, materials, and learning environments. Observation of an early childhood educator in a preschool setting is required. Students will understand the roles of educators and parents in relation to the children in an early childhood education program. This course is delivered through face-to-face and online instruction. Prerequisites: Admission to the Post Baccalaureate Add On Licensure Program.
 

 

Elementary Education 413 (3 units/crs)

Understanding and Exploring Early Childhood Assessment
This course addresses theoretical issues and provides practical experience for licensed elementary educators seeking an additional licensure at the preschool/kindergarten level. Students will know and understand multiple influences on behavior, development, and learning. Students will use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments. Preschool cognitive assessments, family assessments, preschool screening, and intervention design are included in this course. This course is delivered through face-to-face and online instruction. Prerequisites: Admission to the Post Baccalaureate Add On Licensure Program.

 

Elementary Education 415 (3 units/crs)

Advanced Multidisciplinary Methods for Teaching
Students will examine multidisciplinary teaching methods, including integration of disciplines, multiple approaches to assessment, and an evaluative inquiry process. Additionally, students will identify their content knowledge, attitudes and pedagogical strengths and weaknesses through ongoing self-assessments. Prerequisites: Admission to the Post Baccalaureate Add On Licensure Program.

 

Elementary Education 416 (3 units/crs)


Applied Multidisciplinary Methods for Teaching
Students will implement and reflect on two cycles of evaluative inquiry process, a multidisciplinary method for cultivating and sustaining the evaluation capacity of 

P-12 educators. By engaging teachers in an evaluative inquiry process, this course seeks to develop an evaluation culture designed to support new teachers in the continual examination of methods with the ultimate intent of improving educational opportunities for all students. The course emphasis on practice and application will feature samples of empirical work, as well as engagement with mixed methods inquiry. Prerequisites: Admission to the Post Baccalaureate Add On Licensure Program.


 

Elementary Education 424 (3-5 units/crs)


Student Teaching Pre-Kindergarten
Observation, participation, and responsible teaching experiences in pre-kindergarten classes under supervision.  Prerequisite: Admission II. 

 

Elementary Education 425 (3-5 units/crs)

Student Teaching in Kindergarten
Observation, participation and responsible teaching experiences in kindergarten under supervision. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 426 (5-10 units/crs)

nternship in Student Teaching
Observation, participation and responsible teaching experiences in an internship position under supervision. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 427 (5-10 units/crs)

nternship Elementary Education PK-6
Internship placement for students seeking PK-6 licensure. Supervised observation, participation and responsible teaching experiences. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 452 (3 units/crs)

Add-On Practicum
A student teaching experience for students wishing additional experiences related to teaching. Prerequisites: Admission to Student Teaching or Admission to the post-baccalaureate add-on licensure program.

 

Elementary Education 453 (5 units/crs)


Student Teaching in Middle/Junior High School
Observation, participation, and responsible teaching experiences in middle/junior high school under supervision.  Prerequisite: Admission II.


 

Elementary Education 454 (3-5 units/crs)


Student Teaching in Elementary Education
Observation, participation, and responsible teaching experiences in grade 1 through grade 6 under supervision.  Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 455 (1 units/crs)

Preschool, Elementary School and Middle School Student Teaching Seminar
Students learn to apply principles of education to problems of discipline, selection of goals, and media for learning, guiding learning experiences and evaluation of outcomes, as these problems occur in the practical classroom situations in which the student teacher is working. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 462 (5-10 units/crs)

Internship Elementary Education 1-8
Internship placement for students seeking 1-8 licensure. Supervised observation, participation, and responsible teaching experiences. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 484 (3-5 units/crs)

Specialized Field Experience 
Students will integrate teaching-learning theories as they apply to situations which occur in the classroom in which the student teacher is working. Prerequisite: Admission II.

 

Elementary Education 496 (1-3 units/crs)

Independent Study
An independent study in Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle Level Education for students who would pursue in depth a basic idea in early childhood, elementary and middle level education. Prerequisite: Outline of proposed study presented to elementary faculty member, the student's advisor, the Department Chairperson, and the Associate Dean.  (See Department Chairperson first.)

 

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