Course Offerings - Catalog 2010-11


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Education

Division of Social Studies


The purpose of the Education Program at Centre College is to provide study for undergraduate students in the methods and theories of effective teaching and to give the students practical experiences in classroom settings. We believe that the undergraduate college experience offers an excellent opportunity for prospective teachers to integrate pedagogical studies and experience with a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences. Our mission is for our students to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of teaching and learning and, as alumni, to lead lives of learning, leadership, and service as effective elementary and secondary classroom teachers.

An assumption of the Education Program is that a liberal arts education, with a solid foundation of content matter and critical reflection at its heart, is the most appropriate type of preparation for teachers. By acquiring content knowledge as well as the skills of reflective teaching, students who become teachers will develop into self-directed professionals.

The Education Program has four principal goals:

A. to help students recognize the complexity of education in the U.S. – the nature of its assumptions, goals, organization, and problems, the nature of its students; and the nature of teaching and learning.

B. to provide experiences and information to help students decide whether a career in teaching or working with children and adolescents is appropriate for them.

C. to prepare students for certification and teaching in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools by equipping them with the theoretical and practical knowledge (including information about the Kentucky Education Reform Act) needed by beginning teachers.

D. to stress critical reflection so that teachers will be able to recognize educational dilemmas, to analyze such dilemmas and problems, to formulate possible solutions and anticipate some of the consequences, and to test solutions.

Centre offers teacher certification in elementary education (P-5); secondary education (8-12) in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies; and P-12 certification in art, French, German, and Spanish.

While the Education Program prepares students for success in public and private teaching positions, as evidenced by the selection of a recent graduate as the 2000 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, a preparation in education can also be useful for those who decide not to pursue teaching as a permanent career. After graduation or after teaching for a time graduates have been successful in graduate school and careers in such fields as business, law, school administration, and higher education. Four of our recent graduates went to law school; two were certified in elementary education and two in secondary education; two went to law school directly from Centre; and two worked in the public schools for several years before entering law school.

The Education minor permits a variety of students to explore education as a field of study. These students include: 1) P-12 and 8-12 certification students who meet these requirements, 2) students who begin teaching certification coursework but do not continue after EDU 335/336 in the junior year and 3) students with other majors who are interested in pursuing teaching certification at the master's level or who plan to work with children or adolescents (particularly religion, psychology or sociology).

EDU 227 and EDU 228 are open to all students, but to take additional education courses, those seeking certification must apply for admission to the Education Program. Requirements for admission include a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA and enrollment in or completion of EDU 226 and either EDU 227 or EDU 228. Applications are normally considered by the Teacher Education Committee in the spring of the sophomore year. Decisions of the Teacher Education Committee are subject to the appeals procedures established and announced by the College for this purpose.

The faculty of the Education Program comprise the unit for teacher education, but requirements for certification are subject to change according to the guidelines and regulations published by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. The annual Title II report for the federal government is given below. Students are advised to refer to the education web page (http://web.centre.edu/edu/) and to begin consulting with the education faculty in their first year to help plan schedules and to review current requirements.

Click here to review the 2007-2008 Title II Annual Institution Questionnaire on Teacher Preparation

Faculty

Donna Plummer (chair), J.H. Atkins, Candace Bonnett, Joan Haigh, Sarah Murray

Students

Mary Diemer, Rebecca Jackson

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation for Elementary Certification

BIO 110 or NSC 120;
EDU 224, 226;
EDU 227 and/or EDU 228;
ENG 205;
MAT 210

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation for Secondary Certification

EDU 226;
EDU 227 and/or EDU 228

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation for P-12 Certification

EDU 226;
EDU 227 and/or EDU 228

Early Elementary Education Major and Certification Requirements

Fulfilling Centre’s general education requirements fulfills most of the general education requirements for teacher certification. The exception is that elementary education majors must take BIO 110 or NSC 120.

A. Related Studies Courses (6 credit hours):
ENG 205, MAT 210.
B. Professional Preparation (45 credit hours)
EDU 224, 226, 227, 228, 330, 333, 342, 343, 344, 345, 551 (12 credits).
C. Pass the specified PRAXIS examinations and the Education Program’s continuous assessment process.

Secondary Teaching Certification Requirements

A. Professional Education Courses:
EDU 226, 227, 228, 330, 335, the appropriate methods course, EDU 555 (12 credits).
B. Required courses in the teaching major (These may differ somewhat from the Centre major requirements; details are available from education faculty and on the education web page.)
C. Pass the specified PRAXIS examinations and the Education Program’s continuous assessment process.

P-12 Teaching Certification Requirements

A. Professional Education Courses:
EDU 226, 227, 228, 330, 335, 349, EDU 553 (12 credits).
B. Required courses in the teaching major (These may differ somewhat from the Centre major requirements; details are available from education faculty and on the education web page.)
C. Pass the specified PRAXIS examinations and the Education Program’s continuous assessment process.
NOTE: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or a declared education minor is a prerequisite for all EDU courses numbered 300 or higher unless a specific request is approved by the Teacher Education faculty. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Requirements for the Education Minor

Professional education courses: EDU 226, 227, 228, 330;
One of the following content courses: EDU 224, 333 (if not used below), 343, 343, 344, 345, 349, ENG 205;
One of EDU 333 (if not used above), 335, 350

Education Courses

EDU 224 Fine Arts in the Elementary School-Content and Methods
This course deals with Kentucky's Fine Arts Core Content as it relates to the visual arts (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, processes, elements and design principles), to music (elements and principles) to movement (dance and rhythm) and to drama (elements). Fine arts from different cultures, periods, and styles are included. The foci of the course is 1) theories on how children learn the fine arts, 2) teaching fine arts concepts and skills to children, 3) creation and performance in the fine arts, and 4) integrating fine arts into the elementary classroom and curriculum. Prerequisite: HUM 110 and 120; EDU 227, or 228, or concurrently. Although this course emphasizes how the fine arts can be taught in the elementary classroom, students with an interest in arts for children beyond the classroom (museum and community programs, children's theatre) will benefit from the content and methods used.

EDU 226 Educational Technology
An introduction to the use of technology in the classroom. This course provides future teachers with the understanding and skills they need to successfully employ technological solutions to curricular challenges. It is expected that students will already possess a basic understanding of the more traditional educational technologies; therefore, this course focuses upon emerging technologies and computer-based resources. Successful completion of this course fulfills the computer competency requirement for Kentucky teachers. Prerequisite: EDU 227, or 228, or concurrently. This course is open only to sophomores and juniors seeking teacher certification at Centre College or education minors.

EDU 227 Practicum and Introduction to Education
Normally at least a half of each class day is spent in local schools; the meetings of the course utilize these experiences when exploring American education. One focus of the course is educational change using the Kentucky Education Reform Act as an example. Among the major topics covered are conflicting goals and assumptions in schooling, the governance and organization of schooling, teaching as a profession, the reflective process, and desired changes in schooling. Offered only during CentreTerm.

EDU 228 Educational Psychology
A study of the theories of child and adolescent development as applied to learning and teaching. Additional topics addressed in the course include the meaning of intelligence, effective teaching strategies and motivation, and multicultural and social issues and their effects on classrooms. A required field experience connects theory and practice.

EDU 330 Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom
This course enhances the knowledge base to design and adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of all students. Course topics include historical issues, regulations, principles of Universal Design, inclusion, collaboration, multicultural responsiveness and equitable assessments. A field component is required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 333 Instructional Design: Literacy and Learning
This course provides students with foundational knowledge and experience in planning, instruction, and evaluation of student learning in accordance with national, state and local curriculum standards. Reading theory and practice serve as a critical component of learning in all content areas, and a teacher's appropriate application of reading research knowledge will inform instructional decision-making. This course includes the study of early literacy and intermediate literacy. Classroom management strategies are embedded in all components of the course. Prerequisite: EDU 227 or EDU 228; admission to the Education Program, declared education minor, or permission of the instructor.

EDU 335 Secondary Education Planning, Evaluation, and Classroom Management

A study of the general methods used in planning, teaching, and evaluating lessons and practice of these methods in classrooms and microteaching. Other topics include the use of technology in teaching, observation and reflection techniques, and unit planning. Students examine appropriate curriculum for the secondary classroom that is based on national, state and local standards. Thoeries of classroom discipline, addressing individual student needs, standardized testing, and student assessment are among other topics addressed. A field component is required. Prerequisite: EDU 227, 228 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 342 Language Arts Methods
Designed to prepare students to teach language arts or English in schools, this course emphasizes the planning and implementation of curriculum along with a variety of methods to teach it. Interdisciplinary planning is stressed. Students work with state and national standards and recommendations, and they locate, evaluate, and use curricular resources including resources dealing with minority groups. Disputes and competing approaches are included. Using research findings, students develop diagnostic instructional practices, particularly related to the teaching of reading, literature, and the writing process. A field component is required. Prerequisite: EDU 336 or EDU 335 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 343 Science Methods
Designed to prepare students to teach science in schools. Topics include national standards, science concepts, resources including the use of technology, instructional strategies and assessment of student knowledge and skills, and integration of science with other content areas. A field component is required. Prerequisite: EDU 336 or EDU 335 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 344 Social Studies Methods
Designed to prepare students to teach social studies in schools. This course emphasizes competing approaches in both social studies curriculum and methods. Recommendations as well as state and national standards from social studies professional groups are studied. Students become aware of and able to use resources available to social studies teachers, such as ERIC, the materials of the National Archives, History Alive! and other primary sources, and materials by other groups such as those that deal with black history, local history, women's history, Native American history, Hispanic history, etc. In order to plan, teach, and assess lessons, a field component is required. Prerequisite: EDU 336 or EDU 335 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 345 Math Methods
Designed to prepare students to teach mathematics in schools. The standards and methods advocated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are analyzed as part of the study of changes in math curriculum and methods. In addition to studying content, topics include instructional strategies and resources, such as manipulatives, use of technology such as Geometer's Sketchpad, and assessment of student knowledge and skills. A field component is required. Prerequisite: EDU 336 and MAT 210 or EDU 335 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 349 Special Methods in Education
A course dealing with curriculum, instructional stategies, technology, resources for teaching, research underlying teaching, and special methods in the student’s teaching major. Considerable time is spent in clinical experiences in local public schools in preparation for the student teaching term. Normally this course will be limited to art and foreign languages methods. Prerequisite: EDU 335 and admission to the Education Program or declared education minor.

EDU 350 Practicum and Research in Education
A course allowing students to explore special topics related to such content areas as psychology or sociology with children outside the preparation for teaching. Students complete a research project in a local school. The course also includes weekly seminars incorporating student research and professional readings in education. Prerequisite: EDU 226, EDU 227 and EDU 228; major or minor in education.

EDU 551 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar in the Analysis of Teaching (12 credit hours)
Student teaching occurs during the long term. Weekly seminars examine such topics as analysis of teaching situations, working with parents, self-reflection, and professional expectations. Preparation of a professional development portfolio is required. Prerequisite: completion of coursework, approval of the Education Program faculty and the Teacher Education Committee.

EDU 553 P-12 Student Teaching and Seminar in the Analysis of Teaching (12 credit hours)
Candidates for P-12 certification, in their senior year, spend one long term as student teachers in cooperating schools. Student teaching must be done in at least two of the three school levels—elementary, middle, and secondary. Included is a weekly seminar devoted to the role of the teacher and the analysis of teaching. Prerequisite: Approval of the subject area program committee, the Education Program faculty, and the Teacher Education Committee.

EDU 555 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar in the Analysis of Teaching (12 credit hours)
Candidates for secondary certification, in their senior year, spend one long term as student teachers in cooperating schools. Included is a weekly seminar devoted to the role of the teacher and the analysis of teaching. Prerequisite: Approval of the subject area program committee, the Education Program faculty, and the Teacher Education Committee.

Special Topic Courses Offered 2009-2010

EDU 250 Costa Rica: Spanish Language and Rural Education
As a first component of the course, education students, in collaboration with a Spanish-speaking student, teach basic math and English to a range of elementary grades in a small Costa Rican town. Students apply appropriate adaptive skills in lesson planning and classroom management. During the second component of the course and in a different location bordering a national park, students participate in an environmental awareness project through the Corcovado Foundation.

EDU 275 Education Advocacy Through Nonprofits
This course is designed for any student who is interested in advocacy for school improvement, whether through nonprofit work, policy implementation, classroom teaching or grassroots activism. Students learn information about past and current non-profit work for educational improvement in Kentucky and in the nation. In addition to learning the basics of starting and sustaining a non-profit company, students conduct extensive readings about education reform and the unique role of non-profit companies in the reform movement. The class includes day field trips to Frankfort, Louisville, and other locations where students meet people who advocate on behalf of Kentucky's children.