Course Descriptions:

EDUCATION CORE WITH PROGRAM PREREQUISITE
PSYC 250 | Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of growth from birth through old age. In addition, factors thought to influence this growth are also examined.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

EDUC 208 | Foundation and Principles of Teacher Education (2 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the nature of the teaching profession, including the purpose, history, philosophy, organization, curriculum alignment and standards in American public school education. This course includes a 20-hour practicum in a P-12 school setting to observe the inner workings of classrooms from the point of view of a teacher. Professional dispositions, reflective practice and critical thinking skills will be emphasized. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate with cooperating teachers, observe student/teacher interactions and behavioral issues, and demonstrate an overall awareness of the classroom environment.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Corequisite: EDUC 209, Sophomore standing

EDUC 209 | Teacher Education Orientation & Practicum (1 credit hours)
This course will specifically introduce PSC teacher education candidates to the School of Education’s conceptual framework and program standards, teacher education program checkpoints, electronic candidate portfolio requirements and implementation, successful completion of a 20 hour practicum, and successful completion of a faculty panel interview.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Corequisite: EDUC 208, Sophomore standing

EDUC 255 | Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the conceptual, theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding diversity in educational settings and how to successfully implement differentiation of instruction to offer all types of learners with opportunities for engagement in their learning environments. The course also explores notions of equity that will provide candidates with the information they need to create learning environments that are free of bias and provide a differentiated approach to education for all students. Teacher education candidates will adopt a philosophical position and design and implement effective teaching strategies that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity through differentiation.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: EDUC 209 or Corequisite: EDUC 209

EDUC 300 | Managing the Learning Environment for Effective Teaching (3 credit hours)
This course is intended to provide teacher education candidates the opportunity to explore, discuss, and reflect upon the relationships between managing the learning environment and effective teaching. Research, discussion, and reflection will be focused on current theory and research-based best practices for managing the learning environment in order to effectively meet the needs of all learners. Development of lesson planning approaches, as well as development of individual management styles and plans for their classrooms, will be emphasized in order to assist teacher candidates in enhancing their knowledge and skills related to managing the learning environment for effective teaching.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 315 | Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on understanding and harnessing the power of digital media for teaching and learning. Students will learn to use that power to transform traditional teacher-centered classrooms into student-focused learning environments where P-12 students use digital media tools for the acquisition, analysis, construction, and presentation of knowledge. Hands-on experience will help pre-service teachers broaden their use of digital media tools and techniques, and they will learn rationales and strategies for developing 21st century literacies.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & ItsApplication
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 317 | Assessment for Student Learning (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes the awareness of the role of the teacher in assessment and his/her impact on student learning via procedures and practices that utilize assessment results to inform instruction. Test construction, analysis of teacher-made tests, and analysis of assessment results will be emphasized along with grading and reporting of student progress for the purposes of addressing “assessment of learning” and “assessment for learning” for a diverse student population. Key pre-service assessment skills, as delineated by the Nebraska Department of Education, will also provide direction in terms of preparation of pre-service teacher candidates for both the Nebraska State Assessment System, as well as any additional federal government expectations concerning assessment.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 400 | Professional and Collaborative Practices (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the professional practices associated with teaching today. It is an interdisciplinary approach (incorporating the current political, economic, legal, social, and cultural aspects in education today) designed to provide pre-service teachers with a clear understanding of the teaching profession and the practices, issues, and controversies confronting American education today. Resume writing, interview skills, and an electronic portfolio will be completed during this course to prepare candidates for potential career opportunities. The course will provide novice educators with a broad understanding of how the relationships between students, parents, and community impact the overall educational experience for students. The primary focus is to prepare reflective teachers who will be able to make informed decisions to improve and enhance the learning environment for children.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 410 | Elementary Student Teaching (3 credit hours)
This is a practical application of the principles of learning in the classroom with a progressive introduction into full teaching responsibilities at the elementary level. Students teach full-time for four to sixteen weeks.
Components: Student Teaching

EDUC 411 | Secondary Student Teaching (3 credit hours)
This is a practical application of learning principles in the classroom with a progressive introduction into full teaching responsibilities at the secondary level. Students teach full-time for four to sixteen weeks.
Components: Student Teaching

EDUC 420 | Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit hours)
This seminar will provide student teachers with mentorship during the student teaching semester. Workshops for portfolio development and completion of the Instructional Analysis Project will be included, as well as, the activities that were a part of student teaching call backs (mock interview, certification paperwork, preparation for the job search, etc.).
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

SPED 200 | Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide a historical, political and sociological survey of the areas of exceptionality in the field of special education. The course will identify significant changes which have occurred in the education of exceptional populations and provide an introductory experience concerning the various disability groupings.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: EDUC 209 or Corequisite: EDUC 209

K-12 EDUCATION OPTION
EDUC 310 | Secondary School Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)
This course provides education majors with opportunities to study, discuss, and practice instructional methods specifically for middle and high school students and to examine these school environments.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: EDUC 309 or EDUC 312

EDUC 312 | K-12 Education Practicum (2 credit hours)
This course provides a minimum of 80 hours of field experience at both the elementary and secondary levels for students completing a K-12 Art, Music, or Physical Education endorsement. Students will be assigned two (2) placements and complete a minimum of 40 hours at each of the elementary and secondary levels in the appropriate content area.
Components: Practicum
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 310 or HPER 315

EDUC 434 | Content Literacy Across the Curriculum (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to complement the quest for learning at the level presented at Peru State College by preparing teacher candidates to be exemplary professional leaders in the field of education relative to effectively teaching content literacy related to reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and technology in their respective content areas. Collaborative, as well as personal reflection for the purpose of independent critical thought, will be implemented and utilized on multiple theories and best practices in the teaching of content literacy in all content areas to a diverse student population. An emphasis on instructional strategies related to trait-based reading, informational text, process and technical writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology as they apply to standards and assessments for improving students’ content literacy, will be collaboratively and personally explored, analyzed, and evaluated for the purposes of effective implementation in lesson design. The focus will also include both assessment of learning and assessment for learning, in terms of each of these areas of content literacy.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite)

ART CORE REQUIREMENTS
ART 101 | Drawing I (3 credit hours)
A study of basic drawing techniques using a variety of drawing media.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 102 | Drawing II (3 credit hours)
A continuation of Drawing I with an emphasis on improving techniques.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ART 101

ART 203 | 2-D Design Foundation (3 credit hours)
This computer-based course is a study of two-dimensional design and color theory.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Technology & Its Application
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 204 | 3-D Design Foundation (3 credit hours)
A study of three-dimensional design using a variety of media.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 217 | Art History I (3 credit hours)
A study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to the Gothic.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 218 | Art History II (3 credit hours)
This is a study of art from the Renaissance through contemporary art trends.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 311 | Painting (3 credit hours)
This course introduces studio experiences in oil and acrylic painting techniques. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. The course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART 314 | Digital Photography (3 credit hours)
This course emphasized the aesthetic aspects of photography including lighting, color, and composition. Students will explore camera and digital techniques such as exposure, color corrections, retouching, and creative image manipulation. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of nine (9) hours.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 322 | Modern and Contemporary Art (3 credit hours)
This online survey art history course covers the development of European and American art from the late 19th century to the present. Non-western art during this time frame may also be addressed.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 325 | Figure Drawing (3 credit hours)
Figure drawing is a course that deals with drawing of the human anatomy from live models. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203,and ART 204

ART 330 | Printmaking (3 credit hours)
This course introduces the history and techniques of the graphic arts of block printing, etching, and lithography. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART 400 | Senior Exhibition/Portfolio (0 credit hours)
Art Education majors will mount an exhibition of their art work and develop a slide portfolio. Senior Exhibition/Portfolio is the capstone course for the student’s creative experience in art at PSC.
Components: Exhibition/Recitals
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

ADDITIONAL ART REQUIREMENTS
ART 206 | Art Appreciation (3 credit hours)
The study of art history principles through painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ART 300 | Pottery (3 credit hours)
This course offers experiences in hand-built and thrown projects including a basic study of glaze preparation and clay analysis. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, 102, 204

ART 308 | Art Exploration (3 credit hours)
A study of the purpose of art education in the elementary school program. The student is presented with a survey of the history and philosophy of art in the elementary school and becomes actively involved in art activities designed for the elementary school classroom.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Sophomore Standing

ART 310 | Sculpture (3 credit hours)
This course introduces experiences in three-dimensional form using a variety of materials. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. The course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, 102, 204

ART 312 | Watercolor Painting (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes compositions in color using opaque and transparent watercolor. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART ELECTIVES
Select five (5) hours from the following. Required courses on this list may be repeated for an additional nine (9) hours.

ART 300 | Pottery (3 credit hours)
This course offers experiences in hand-built and thrown projects including a basic study of glaze preparation and clay analysis. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, 102, 204

ART 310 | Sculpture (3 credit hours)
This course introduces experiences in three-dimensional form using a variety of materials. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. The course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, 102, 204

ART 311 | Painting (3 credit hours)
This course introduces studio experiences in oil and acrylic painting techniques. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. The course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART 312 | Watercolor Painting (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes compositions in color using opaque and transparent watercolor. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART 330 | Printmaking (3 credit hours)
This course introduces the history and techniques of the graphic arts of block printing, etching, and lithography. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203

ART 350 | Studio Activities (3 credit hours)
An integrated course consisting of students working in various art mediums. Students will be allowed to work in the field of their choosing; painting, sculpture, etc. This course may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) hours. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: ART 101, ART 102, ART 203,and ART 204

ART 498 | Special Topics in Art (1-4 credit hours)
Study of a topic in a special area of interest. No more than eight (8) hours of Special Topics may be counted toward graduation requirements.
Component:
Special Topics
Prerequisites required:
For Juniors and Seniors Only

Computer-Based Art Electives
(Select one (1) of the following courses)

ART 313 | Illustration (3 credit hours)
This course guides students in understanding how illustration functions as an image that enhances or complements a specific text. An overall view of the field is covered through studio assignments that explore the creative possibilities of digital and traditional techniques combined with an emphasis on drawing. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of nine (9) hours.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ART 101

ART 320 | Web Design (3 credit hours)
This course explores web site development with an emphasis on aesthetics and understanding audience. Students build structure, interactivity, and styling through code. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of nine (9) hours.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ART 112

ART 321 | Motion Graphics (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes developing motion graphics for type and images that integrate spatial transformations, temporal and typographic considerations, frame mobility, and the principles of animation. Students are limited to three (3) hours credit per semester. This course may be repeated for a total of nine (9) hours.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ART 112