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Urban Teacher Education Program

Urban Teacher Education Program

Option II Course Descriptions

Option II Course Descriptions

EDUC S510 The Development of Secondary School Programs: Methods of Teaching in Urban Schools (3 cr.)
Bulletin Description:
 Organized group study of a wide variety of problems in secondary education. Each study is tailored to meet the needs of the group concerned.

Expanded Description: This course is designed to acquaint you with appropriate methods and materials for successful teaching in secondary urban classrooms, covering grades 5-12. The course will include an overview of the latest research and practice related to urban teaching. Their implications for planning, delivering and assessing instruction will be discussed. (Spring)

EDUC S508 Problems in Secondary Education (3 cr.)
Group analysis of a common problem in the field of secondary education. Separate sections for English, Math, Science and Social Studies. (Part I - Spring, Part II - Fall)

EDUC T550 Cultural/Community Forces and the Schools: (3 cr.) 
Bulletin Description: Promotes modification of instructional strategies with diverse educational settings by providing opportunities to analyze community forces and cultures through cultural orientation workshops, to analyze culturally focused readings, and to direct residential participation in community activities and site-based culture/ strategies reports.
 

Expanded Description: This course promotes the importance of culture and community to the effective delivery of instruction and the improvement of education for k-12 urban students. Discussions will focus on both theory and practice and how to balance the two to yield the best results in instruction. The culture of families, organizations, communities in the cities of Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago will be explored, along with relevant research and writings on community and urban education in general.
The role of parents, families, and other caregivers will be emphasized. Students will have an opportunity to explore their understanding of these factors as they relate to K-12 students in the urban districts that we serve. Time will be spent interviewing people, visiting agencies and organizations, and writing about the cultural, social, and political aspects of life in this tri-city area (Summer II)

EDUC K505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Basic special education principles for graduate students with no previous course work in special education. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

EDUC P510 Psychology in Teaching (3 cr.)
Basic study of psychological concepts and phenomena in teaching. An analysis of representative problems of the teacher's assumptions about human behavior and its development. (Summer II)

EDUC K505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Basic special education principles for graduate students with no previous course work in special education. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

EDUC P510 Psychology in Teaching (3 cr.)
Basic study of psychological concepts and phenomena in teaching. An analysis of representative problems of the teacher's assumptions about human behavior and its development. (Summer II)

EDUC M501 Field Experience: Teaching in the Urban School (3cr.)
Bulletin Description: The field experience enables students to observe and participate in methods of teaching in specific content areas. These experiences include aspects of individualized and interdisciplinary teaching and learning; classroom management; legal aspects of teaching; cultural, ethnic and minority concerns; and applications of other special methods to large and small groups of students.
Expanded DescriptionThis course is designed to acquaint you with concepts and practices that are appropriate for successful urban teaching. The course will focus on invitational theory and practice. The one-hour seminar will accompany the actual hours spent in an urban secondary school. It is the intent of this course to integrate urban strategies with content methods. (Fall)

EDUC P507 Testing in the Classroom (3 cr.)
Bulletin Description: Basic study of psychological concepts and phenomena in teaching. An analysis of representative problems and of the teacher's assumptions about human behavior and its development. This course is intended for those working toward certification at the master's degree level who currently are teaching as limited license or substitute teachers, or who are planning to be classroom teachers.
Expanded Course Description: This course, Psychology in Teaching, is designed to reflect on the physical, cognitive, and behavioral development of urban youth taking into account both the immediate and broader contexts in which children and youth live. This course also focuses on how early and late adolescents learn and understand the world they live in. Although secondary teachers need a broad understanding of children of all ages, this course will focus on the learning and development of urban adolescents. (Summer I)

EDUC L517 Advanced Study of Content Reading and Literacy (3 cr.)
Examines approaches for improving adolescent/adult literacy when reading the specialized materials of various content areas. Special focus upon the literacy process, dealing with a wide range of student literacy abilities, identifying and modifying materials to support literacy development, and using reading, writing and thinking activities in instruction. (Spring)

EDUC M550 Student Teaching (3 cr.)
Bulletin Description: Prerequisite: admission to the Student Teacher Program. Full time supervised student teaching in grades 1-6 for a minimum of 12 weeks in a secondary school accredited by the State of Indiana or an equivalent approved school out of state. The experience is directed by a qualified cooperating teacher and has university-provided supervision. Grade is S/F.
Expanded Description: Student teacher will plan, deliver, manage, assess, and reflect on the entire classroom situation for full days and weeks over the specified 12-16 week period. All activities are to be carried out under the direction of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor. (S/F graded) (Fall, Spring)